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Civic awards handed out to Chichester stars

Award winners at the Assembly Rooms. From back left Alan Green, Bronwen Rolt and Dave Tilley. Front from left Kate Crockford and Candy Gilroy.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140156-2

Award winners at the Assembly Rooms. From back left Alan Green, Bronwen Rolt and Dave Tilley. Front from left Kate Crockford and Candy Gilroy.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140156-2

EACH year, leading figures in the community are awarded civic awards by Chichester City Council for their outstanding contribution to the city.

This year was no exception as three more winners joined the ranks of the honour during a ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Chichester, on Monday evening.

Kate Crockford was granted a civic award for her work with Scouts in the area.

Scouting

Councillor Anna Scicluna, who nominated Mrs Crockford for the award, said she had devoted more than 26 years of her life to the Scouting movement, despite being a mum of three and confined to a wheelchair.

She has been a Scout leader, deputy district commissioner and worked in the Scout shop in Chichester for many years.

“There is not much in Scouting that Kate doesn’t get involved in,” said Cllr Scicluna.

“She says she does not do all this for what she gets out of it, but for what the children get out of it.”

Mrs Crockford said: “All I want to say is thank you so much everybody. I really do not think I deserve it. I feel reduced to tears.

“I am still involved in Scouting and hopefully will continue for many years to come.”

Dance

Dancer Candi Gilroy was presented with an award for her Dragonfly dance group.

The group provides dance classes for children of all abilities, but particularly those with special needs or disabilities, giving them the chance to be part of a dance group.

Councillor Pam Dignum outlined Candi’s work since she set up the group in 2009, including classes in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, as well as running fundraising events so she can take her dance group to Disneyland Paris to perform.

They are more than halfway to raising the £8,000 needed for the trip.

“She works selflessly for others,” said Cllr Dignum, adding Miss Gilroy takes her dance group to schools to perform, to show schoolchildren that everyone is equal.

“I am pleased to present Candi with a civic award,” she said.

Community

The final civic award went to Dave Tilley, who has played a key role in the Whyke Estate Community Association, known as WECA or WECARE.

Mr Tilley is the third member of WECA to be given a civic award, marking the group’s importance in the community.

The group sets up community days, keeps the area clean and has recently set up a community orchard.

Councillor Alan Chaplin has known Dave for 15 years, ever since the group was set up.

“A fellow ward councillor mentioned to me recently that Dave ‘glows with community spirit’,” said Cllr Chaplin.

“I share this opinion, as I have great respect for what he has achieved as a voluntary community activist in the Whyke area of our city.”

He said Mr Tilley had been a leading figure in promoting the Chichester in Bloom event and involved in many other projects, including the war memorial garden in West Street.

He is also a supporter of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

“It can be said truly that his energy is considerable and certainly infectious,” said Cllr Chaplin.

Speaking about the honour, Mr Tilley said: “I am stuck for words, it’s like winning the Oscars.”

Poet

A blue plaque will be placed outside 28 South Street, Chichester, now Kim’s Bookshop.

The plaque is to honour Charles Crocker, who lived in the house until his death in 1861.

A Chichester man, born in 1797, Mr Crocker worked as a shoemaker.

However, he had another vocation – poetry, and became famous in his time for his sonnets.

He wrote about Kingley Vale and the River Lavant, however his memory seems to have faded with time.

Now, his memory, and poetry will be remembered with the blue plaque.

Heritage

A heritage award was granted to the four townhouses on the site of 1 Mount Lane in Chichester.

Despite the development being opposed by the district and city council at the application stage in 2009, it won at appeal and has since been completed.

Councillor Andrew Smith said: “The four new dwellings in Mount Lane are of a crisp modern design using flint, brick and slate.

“Planning authorities and committees should promote good architecture and not be afraid of modern design.

“Too often they are confronted with off-the-shelf plans from national housebuilders. They should welcome the efforts of those that do something fresh and distinctive.”

The award-winners were congratulated and enjoyed refreshments with councillors to celebrate their achievements following the ceremony.

 

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