Midhurst’s community stalwarts are recognised

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IT was the night when the unsung heroes of Midhurst came into the limelight.

And the annual community awards evening hosted by Midhurst Town Council this year honoured two community stalwarts and recognised the unstinting voluntary work of a scout group member.

Lynden Pilcher received the Bill Godrey Shield for his outstanding contribution to the scout group presented by Bill’s two daughters Sarah Banbury and Jane Bollam.

Volunteer extraordinaire Jean Hicks and one of the founders of the town’s dynamic music festival MADhurst were honoured by the town council for their dedication to the community.

Presenting the first of the awards to Jean Hicks, chairman of the town council John Etherington said she had a voluntary hand in many groups that make the town tick.

“I first met Jean when we were trying to draw up a town plan over a decade ago.

“We spent night after night after night sitting around the table discussing the vision for the future of Midhurst.

“Jean has since gone on to help out in many other ways in Midhurst.”

She is heavily involved with the Midhurst parish church helping to organise and publicise events.

She has been a member of the Friends of Midhurst Common for many years and is currently its chairman. She also writes a regular column in the parish magazine on the work of the Friends.

John Barrett, chairman of the nine day music, arts and drama festival MADhurst also received recognition of his contribution to life in the town.

“The festival has gone from strength to strength, it is something the town has needed for a very long time and John does a first class job,” said Mr Etherignton.

Accepting the award Mr Barrett said: “MADhurst is a tam effort and I accept this on behalf of everyone in the team.”

He added: “If it had not been for the town council there probably would not be a MADhurst and we are very grateful for all its support.”

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