There was a very happy ceremony including a lunch at the Beacon in Wantage when many volunteers from all over the Vale were presented with certificates by Reg Waite, Chair of the Vale District Council, recording their work for the community.
There was an astonishing range of achievements, including community shops, cricket and youth clubs, council work. In fact, think of almost anything people might do at a local level to improve life in some way and there was someone there. Blewbury was represented by Robert Long for his 30+ years with the Bulletin, first helping Roger Cambray and then editing it for nearly 20 years. Also at the ceremony was Rosemary Tilden who is one of the longest serving people who do the task of putting the Bulletin together every month.
Robert (and Audrey) wish to thank the Parish Council and all who nominated Robert for this award. They have happy memories of the collating evenings and the chat that goes on there. It’s where, to quote one of the collaters, “You get a better class of insults”. They would like to record their thanks to all the people who help with the Bulletin, the contributers, editorial staff, collaters and the distributers who go out in all weathers to deliver it to you through the door. Long may it continue!