FPS Volunteers’ Work Recognised at Award Ceremony

Cathy Holden writes:

Fleet Pond Society’s ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ team’s work was recognised along with many other Hart volunteers from a range of local charities at an Award’s Ceremony on Wednesday night (13th April).

Councillor Colin Ive, Chairman of Hart District Council presented certificates to the team thanking them for all the work they do around the Reserve.

An excerpt from the team’s citation reads:

‘All the volunteers of Fleet Pond Society do a fantastic job to help maintain, improve and protect Fleet’s largest amenity for people and wildlife.  The ‘Last of the Summer Wine Team’ do this and more.  They specifically work with Hart District council Rangers to keep up with the numerous jobs that need doing at the reserve. They put in hours each week on tasks that vary from reed cutting, fence building and repairing to rebuilding paths, stream banks and bridges. Their major innovation and project last year was building a very substantive new boat jetty near Kenilworth Road.’

FPS Chairman, Colin Gray was also awarded a certificate for his unstinting work with the Society. Nick Keeley, a member of the LoSW team, received a second certificate recognising his fantastic sponsored cycle to Liverpool and back last summer through which he raised over £4,000 for the Clearwater Campaign.

The Last of the Summer Wine team is Terry Austin, Geoff Dee, Cathy Holden, Nick Keeley, Mandy Saxby and Ryan Saxby (in the holidays).  Unfortunately Terry was away on holiday and couldn’t have his moment in the spotlight however the rest of the team enjoyed the evening and retired to the pub to celebrate with their guests after the ceremony.

Pictured above are (left to right): Colin Gray, Nick Keeley, Mandy Saxby, Ryan Saxby, Cathy Holden and Geoff Dee.

Thanks go to Hart Voluntary Action for organising the event and to Vertu for sponsoring it.

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