About the awards
Once a year, we give Services to Farnham Awards to people who provide an outstanding or crucial service to the community or the people of Farnham. The awards’ medals are kindly sponsored by Sir Ray Tindle of the Tindle News Group.
Nominations are welcome from local organisations and from members of the public.
To nominate somebody you know, please complete the Services to Farnham Award nomination form.
The deadline for nominating somebody for a Services to Farnham Award will be 5 December 2016.
A small panel of people consider the nominations and put forward their winning selections to a meeting of the Full Council at the end of January.
Presentation of the awards
The winners are invited to receive their awards at a special ceremony in February. This normally takes place on the last Monday in February. The Mayor of Farnham presents the awards.
Recipients of Services to Farnham Awards
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mrs Pat Frost presented medals to:
Martin Billett – Services to Farnham In Bloom and people with profound learning difficulties
Martin Billet has been an integral member of the Farnham In Bloom Community Group since its inception seven years ago, serving as the Chairman for the last two. His passion for horticulture shines through in all that he does, bringing excitement and joy for the subject not only with his voluntary work for Farnham in Bloom, but also with Post 19 and the Ridgeway School.
In 2010, Martin was the first person to be awarded the THRIVE award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture and in 2015, he was a finalist in the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Champion of the Year award. Martin clearly makes an outstanding contribution to Farnham and fully deserves this award.
Stewart Dakers – Services to The Thursday Club and the community of Farnham
Stewart Dakers has provided inspirational leadership to the Thursday Club for almost forty years. Since founding the Thursday Club in 1978, Stewart has ensured it provides a safe and social ‘drop-in’ environment for educationally disadvantaged adults in the Farnham community. Each week Stewart provides his time, often with minimal help, to ensure some 20 adults can socialise with their peers and he also arranges a group outing
Stewart also plays a key role in supporting other community groups in Farnham including being a trustee of the Gostrey Club, and a helper with The Bungalow at Sandy Hill. Everyone who knows Stewart has developed a great admiration for the tremendous work he has been doing for Farnham and in particular its disadvantaged adult community.
Brian Gravestock – Services to Badshot Lea Village Hall
As a founder trustee of Badshot Lea Village Hall, Brian Gravestock provided dedicated support to the hall for some 40 years, having also been a leading light in the Village Project Fund that had raised funds to build it. Brian’s generosity, enthusiasm and advice have been pivitol to the success of Badshot Lea Village Hall since it was originally converted from being the old hop kiln into the unique village hall the community enjoy to this day.
Brian also worked tirelessly and generously in the production of the ‘Badshot Leader’, the village news sheet and he personally sponsored many attractions to ensure the success of the carnivals. Brian has been a key contributor to the fabric of village life in Badshot Lea for decades and together with his wife Thelma has been a role model to be admired, appreciated and hopefully copied.
Vera and Allan Maxwell – Services to the Farnham Community and Meals on Wheels
The husband and wife team of Vera and Allan Maxwell have supported the local Meals-on-Wheels service in Farnham for over 30 years. Vera joined the Meals on Wheels team as a manager for the WRVS (now Royal Volunteer Service), preparing and cooking meals, co-ordinating volunteers and distribution of meals across Farnham and Waverley. After retiring she has continued as a volunteer both fundraising and delivering meals. In addition, Vera has been a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator; an active member of the Friends of Hale Guiding Committee; and also raised a considerable amount for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice with a Carol Singing Group
Allan has been an active member of The Royal Volunteer Service since he retired distributing meals to Farnham residents and throughout Waverley, and spends time co-ordinating the office administration. Allan has been instrumental in organising many fundraising ventures with Vera, and of particular note has been the annual Burns Night. He is also a regular driver for Care Farnham taking people to hospital and doctors’ appointments.
Vera and Allan are a devoted husband and wife team who have worked tirelessly to support local and national charities which support the residents of Farnham and are exemplary in what they have done for the local community.
Joanna Michaelides – Services to the Farnham Community through Heartstart
Joanna Michaelides is someone who has had a profound impact on the lives of people in Farnham. In 2009, she drove past a group of people surrounding a collapsed man in Arthur Road, stopped and performed life-saving CPR until the emergency services arrived. In 2015, she came to the rescue of a motorist who had crashed and suffered cardiac arrest at the Coxbridge Roundabout.
Following the first incident, Joanna became Joint Leader, along with the person whose life she saved, of Heartstart Farnham Lions to work to educate and train the local community on what to do in such an emergency. Over 600 people have now been trained in Simple Skills that Save Lives.
Joanna insists she is ordinary but, with clear determination and competence, she puts her own interests aside for the sake of other members of the community and is a real encouragement for others to act similarly.
Gilly Stewart – Services to the Farnham Community and the Friends of Farnham Library
For over 30 years Gilly Stewart has used her training in dance, drama and art to ignite the imagination of hundreds of children in local schools and the children’s art and music club at Farnham Museum. As the mainstay of the Friends of Farnham Library historical workshops, Gilly has a wonderful rapport with children and has promoted a love of learning and reading. She truly is a children’s champion.
Gilly’s inspirational personality has made a major contribution to many Farnham community project including producing concerts for charities and being the Farnham Castle Keep co-ordinator. Gilly’s skills and generous nature mean she is well known and loved by many Farnham people whose lives she has touched and enhanced.
Diane Vasey – Services to Girl Guiding in Farnham
Diane has dedicated over 50 remarkable years to Guiding with some thirty years in Farnham Division alone. Diane has been an assistant leader and leader of 1st Rowledge Guides, and her love of guiding and helping the girls still sees her at camps and events providing inspiration and leadership, and cooking. Combining a demanding role at the Bush Hotel, Diane is also a local Rotarian, and a Trustee at the Woodlarks Centre and she is about to spend a second extended break in India volunteering at one of the five World Centres for Girl Guiding.
Diane always enjoys giving back to her local community is a true ambassador for Guiding and a real asset for the Farnham Community in all that she does.
Robert (Bob) Verner-Jeffreys – Services to the Andrew Windsor Almshouses Trust
Robert Verner-Jeffreys has been a Trustee of Andrew Windsor Almshouses in Castle Street for over 25 years holding numerous posts including a period as chairman. In this time, Bob has made it his mission to ensure the financial stability of the charity, along with the structural integrity of the buildings and most importantly a duty of care to all the residents over the years.
Bob’s wise and helpful support has underlined a real concern for the welfare of some of Farnham’s more vulnerable residents. With his wife Anne at his side, Bob has been a steadfast and committed member of the Farnham Community and a real asset. It would be hard to find a more active, committed and helpful volunteer in Farnham.
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jeremy Ricketts presented medals to:
Ivy and Reg Skeet
David and Gillian Victor-Smith
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Paddy Blagden presented medals to:
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Stephen Hill presented medals to:
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jill Hargreaves presented medals to:
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward presented medals to:
The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Lucinda Fleming presented medals to:
Dr Pat Lambert