Long-standing Arundel resident John Munro was awarded the Arundel Community Cup in 2021 by Tony Hunt Mayor of Arundel to mark his contribution to life in the town.
John was nominated for his outstanding work in setting up the Macular Support Group in Arundel – a group he continues to lead at the age of 91. But John’s contribution goes beyond this achievement – he was instrumental in the creation of The Bell – Arundel’s town magazine – of which he was the Editor for six years from its launch in December 1995. Over the years John has played an active part in Arundel life, holding voluntary roles in many of the town’s groups such as Drip Action Theatre Company, Arundel Players, The Art Society, Arun Choral Society and the Probus Club.
The joint winners of the Young Person’s Community Commendation were:
Izzy Johnson – nominated by her Guide Leader for the hard work, effort and time she gives to 1st Arundel Rainbows where she is a young leader.
James Gray – nominated by the Deputy and Assistant Headteachers at Arundel Church of England Primary School for his outstanding contribution to a better understanding of environmental issues, by inspiring his school to make eco pledges and through the sale of a book full of environmental photographs.
Congratulations must also go to local residents who were all awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor.
Bob Tanner was recognised for his voluntary gardening roles at St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, as Arundel’s Tree Warden and for his work as the Chair of Arundel Gardens Association. His certificate was given to him by the President of the AGA, Martin Duncan, in a surprise presentation during the AGM of the Arundel Gardens Association which was happening concurrently with the Community Awards!
Sharon Blaikie was recognised for her voluntary work to deliver the Arundel Festival of the Arts in a safe and creative way in 2021, despite the many obstacles that ever-changing Covid restrictions put in the way. She was also credited with leading the Arundel Chamber of Commerce to become a vibrant and cohesive group of businesses working together for the good of the Arundel community.
John Paton was the final recipient of a Certificate of Recognition in thanks for his sustained efforts to rescue the Victoria Institute in Tarrant Street from dereliction. John, along with help from other volunteers known as ‘Friends of the Vic’, raised funds, achieved charity status and has slowly brought the building back into use as a viable, active and vibrant community hub.
A special Certificate of Recognition was presented to Jason Pointing, son of the late Dee Gillin, in memory of Dee’s exemplary contribution to the town through her charity work with the Lions Club.