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The Mayor's award 2015


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Meet the four nominations for the Mayor’s Award – from the world of volunteering, armed forces and animal welfare.

The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Aston, has chosen four people or groups who have stood out to her while on her civic engagements this year.

You are being given the chance to decide who will take home the prestigious glassware prize at a civic ceremony in March. The person or group with the most votes will win the top prize. Just click the link below your preferred choice.

The Mayor’s Civic Awards, in association with let's get, aims to reward those people who have shown outstanding achievement in one of six categories – art, sport, education, community spirit, environment and business. They are being decided by a judging panel. The Mayor’s award is the seventh award and is the only one decided by the public.

Voting closes on February 27

Sally Johnson, secretary of the Priory Community Association

Sally Johnson Mayor's award 2015

Sally has been volunteering with the Priory Community Association for 16 years helping to bring improvements for everyone living in the area.

In that time she has helped grow the committee to 12 members who all work to provide trips out for families, bingo nights, play schemes and other activities for people in the area. They also put on events at Priory Park for the community in the summer.

As secretary of the Priory Community Association she helped campaign for the estate’s first pharmacy and is now working with Dudley Council on plans for a new community centre in an area known locally as Donkey Pool.

Sally Johnson said: “This is something that I love to do. I love seeing people in the area enjoying themselves and that is all the motivation I need.

“It is very important that people become volunteers in their local community and make a real difference to where they live.”

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Gordon Willetts, secretary of the Worcester and Sherwood Forester Regiment Association

Gordon Willettss, Mayor's award 2015

Gordon is a familiar face at the regular civic events in Dudley borough including Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day and Armed Forces Day.

His tireless support for these events and the importance of remembering the work of the armed forces, past and present, helps make them the success they are.

The 88-year-old is a former soldier in the Worcester and Sherwood Forester regiment, and served between 1946 and 1948 including a tour of India.

But he now keeps himself closer to home spending his time volunteering with the regiment association, and has been secretary since 1994. It includes sitting on the Executive and Finance committee of the Worcester and Sherwood Forester Association, helping regiment veterans access vital funding. He was also elected vice chairman of the Dudley Royal British Legion in 2000.

Gordon Willetts said: “I’m proud to be involved in the civic events in the borough and support armed forces veterans. It’s important that we get a young generation of people involved to make sure we carry this on.”

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Friends of Priory Park and The Green

Priory Park Mayor's award 2015

Over the past 13 years The Friends of Priory Park have helped generate millions of pounds worth of investment into the area.

Their tireless work has helped transform the park into a thriving, bustling open space used by people of all ages. Since 2002 they have secured £2.6million from a number of sources including Lottery and Dudley Council which has provided a new pavilion, multi-use games area, children’s play park, a statue commemorating local tennis ace Dorothy Round and much more. They also hold regular events and activities such as the Wednesday Walkers at the site and are currently in talks about improved lighting at the iconic Priory Ruins. The search for funding and improvements continue.

Mariann Harris, chairman of the group for the past two years, said: “The group is made up of volunteers who play their part to conserve, protect and promote the park. It is a team effort and an absolute privilege to be able to influence the ongoing changes and requirements needed for this wonderful park.”

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Ravens Rescue

Ravens Rescue

Ravens Rescue was founded two years ago by Sarah Harris and Becky Riese who recognised and responded to the increasing problem of animal abandonment and abuse across Dudley borough.

To date the group has saved from abuse, neglect and abandonment 128 dogs and 202 cats.

The group consists of a small team of dedicated volunteers who work 24/7 to save and rehome the animals.

With support from a local veterinary surgeon the group ensures that all animals are fully vet treated, vaccinated,  neutered and microchipped.

All rescued animals are behaviour assessed in foster homes and are carefully matched with potential homes.

Volunteers visit and check all homes and rehome pets then receive full rescue back up to ensure happy pets and happy owners.

The problem of abused and abandoned pets is on the rise and the group works very hard picking up the pieces and supporting local communities to rehome and rehabilitate pets.

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