Making a Difference for Radstock
As the first Mayor of Radstock Councillor Keith Tyrrell took the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and Oath of Allegiance at a Civic Ceremony in the Victoria Hall in Radstock on Thursday 2nd November. The Civic ceremony preceded the Town Council’s 5th Making a Difference Award which continues to acknowledge and recognise the huge contributions many individuals make to the well-being and benefit of Radstock.
There are many individuals both young and old, who work tirelessly in the community, making a positive difference through; charity work, fund raising, being a good neighbour, caring for others or simply dedicated involvement in the community.
The Town Council is keen to mark the huge contributions local people make and there are a number who make a considerable difference to life in the community. Each year the nominations have grown and this year saw record nominations.
This year saw Dennis Chedgy awarded the Making a Difference Award. Dennis has contributed much to preserving the history of Radstock and its surrounding villages. His interest in local history led him to join a group of people who were rescuing local historical items which formed the basis of Radstock Museum. Over the last twenty five years he has given popular illustrated talks on local history raising thousands of pounds for the museum and other local charities.
John Reynolds was recognized for his outstanding contribution to supporting youth through his free running group based in Westfield which is open to anyone of any ability, from complete beginners to experienced runners. He visits local schools to promote the benefits of running and to inspire children to keep active. He has created not just a running group but a running community. After over a year “Westfield TT” is called by some runners their ‘extended family’ and this is the biggest and most significant change John has contributed to the Radstock area.
Councillor Keith Tyrrell said “Making a difference is the theme of our celebrations this evening. It is the watchword of any councillor in any situation. As the newly elected Mayor of Radstock, it is my duty to co-ordinate the efforts of the councillors and support staff for the benefit of the people of Radstock so that we do indeed Make a Difference.”