A VOLUNTEER who received a High Sheriff’s award for his contribution to the community thought his nomination was a “wind-up”.
Bob Partridge is a trustee of Shiplake memorial hall in Memorial Avenue and project managed the refurbishment of the building, which was completed in October and cost £460,000.
He is also a bell-ringer at the Church of St Peter and Paul in the village and helped fund-raise to have eight new bells installed in 2009.
Mr Partridge, a retired electrical telecommunications engineer, has also designed a new newsletter for the village and created the parish council’s first website.
He was presented with his award by Professor Graham Upton, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, before last week’s meeting of Shiplake Parish Council, which nominated him.