Unsung heroes were rewarded for their tireless efforts for good causes at Boston Borough Council’s Service to the Community Awards.
Boston Mayor Coun Paul Kenny handed out eight awards at a ceremony at Municipal Buildings in Boston on Thursday, carrying on a tradition that has run since 1980.
Gerald Dickinson was nominated by Leverton Parish Council and received his award for his lifelong service to Leverton, serving on the parish council for 46 years and being a founder member of the North Holland Young Farmers’ Club and Leverton History Club.
His has also competed in the world ploughing championships.
In an emotional speech Mr Dickinson dedicated his award to his late wife, Midge and said he was ‘chuffed to pieces’ and ‘so proud’ to receive the award.
Mel Scrupps – Mr Wyberton – was particularly praised for his work with Wyberton Football Club where he has spent 50 years as player, coach, manager and chairman.
Guests heard in that time the club had gone from a single pitch and a tin hut to some of the best facilities in the county.
Mr Scrupps said the award was also for his wife, Chris, who has served alongside him in her own right. He said he also received it on behalf of all connected with the football club, past and present.
Philip and Rita ‘Mrs Skip’ Smith’s 40 years and counting service to the scouting movement and Fishtoft Parish Church was recognised.
Philip quipped that when they volunteered to help the scouts out he was told it was only one night a week.
Jon and Margaret Tofts were honoured for their work for producing for 20 years a newsletter for Fosdyke and for their work with the parish church. Jon, a lecturer in Lincoln, said when he told his students he had to be in Boston for community service they thought he had been given an ASBO.
Bill and Shirley Winterbourne worked hard for years to save Skirbeck St Nicholas Community Hall through fundraising and coordinating improvements.
They thanked the borough for the way they had been welcomed into the community as ‘incomers’ retiring from the south. Bill joked that he now worked harder and longer unpaid as a volunteer than he used to working for a salary. He thanked the support they had received from their committee and local councillors.