Sunday, 24 March 2019

Caversham Royal British Legion

Caversham Royal British Legion

VOLUNTEERS for the Caversham Poppy Appeal have been honoured for their years of service.

Awards were presented to more than 30 people, while clubs and associations were also recognised.

Ron Jewitt, the branch president and chairman, received a 40 years bar and Mick Stinton, who organises a sponsored walk each September, was given a 45 years bar.

The presentations were made in the function room at the Griffin pub in Caversham on February 7.

The event was also to thank those who had helped the branch in the past year.

Andy Briggs, manager at the Oracle in Reading, presented a cheque to the branch for more than £22,000, the sum raised by volunteers at the shopping centre last year.

This brought the total collected for the 2018 Poppy Appeal to more than £53,000.

Appeal organiser Pauline Palmer said: “The help took many forms, including door-to-door collections, making poppies in various materials, window displays, special church services, counting the proceeds of the collections and much more.

“A very special mention goes to the Oracle where Caversham helpers are allowed to collect thanks to the goodwill of the manager Andy Briggs and his staff.

“The collections there over the last five years have made £100,000.”

Mrs Palmer, who took over as organiser following the death of Trish Gregson 20 years ago, added: “Jane Havelock, Pat Melling, Liz Cheyney and Susan Smith — all four ladies were helpers for Trish and have stuck with me since I took over.

“I am really proud that I managed to keep them as part of my team.”

The other awards were as follows:

10 year certificates

Sean Brennan, Jacqueline Summers, William Summers, Gordon Hayes, Janet Hayes and Frank Millgate.

15 year certificates

Ian Adams, Margaret Adams, Diana Hartrup, John Rowe, Ian Lowry, David Mills, June Wise, Robert Houseman and Teresa Houseman.

20 year certificates

John Rowe, Jeffrey Goddard and Jennifer Goddard.

25 year certificates

Chris Manning, Kenneth Polley, Jack and Brenda Stanford, Howard and Mai West, Desmond Goddard and Jean Goddard.

30 year certificates

Jane Havelock, Pat Melling, Liz Cheyney and Susan Smith.

Children, churches, clubs and associations and churches were also awarded certificates as follows: the Rotary Club of Reading; the Rotary Club of Maiden Erlegh; Reading Lions Club; the Caversham 9th platoon army cadets, Highmoor Methodist Church, Caversham Heights; St Peter’s Church, Caversham; Reading station and its shops; House of Cards, Caversham; and milliner Adrienne Henry.

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