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Services to Farnham Awards

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How to nominate somebody for a prestigious Services to Farnham Award and previous recipients.


About the awards



Presentation of the awards

Recipients of Services to Farnham Awards


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 the Tindle News Group.


Nominations are welcome from local organisations and from members of the public.

If there is somebody you would like to put forward, you will need to explain why you are nominating them and will require a seconder.

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 has now passed.


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 Pat Evans presented medals to:

Rev’d David Ashby

David Ashby was the much-loved local Methodist minister in Rowledge for many years fulfilling his duties to his congregation in exemplary fashion.  In addition, he has run a monthly lunch club for the elderly, provided a valuable service visiting people in hospital, and been a key member of Care Farnham for many years.  As chairman, his ebullient and cheerful character has helped enthuse the volunteer drivers who take people to medical appointments.

David selflessly never turns down an opportunity to help anyone, and his kindly wise counsel and ready wit are much appreciated.  Through his commitment to Care Farnham, Rowledge, and the wider community, David has enhanced the lives of so many and deserves recognition for his Services to Farnham.


John Birch

John Birch had a very distinguished professional career in sport and leisure and has given energetic and equally distinguished service to voluntary work, both in and beyond Farnham.

As a founder of the Wrecclesham History Project John has been meticulous in his research and co-ordination and overseen the publication of 35 briefing notes and an illustrated historical map of Wrecclesham creating an important and lasting record for Farnham.

Beyond his local history involvement, John has been a huge supporter of the local sports scene as a former Chairman of Rowledge Cricket Club supporter of Farnham Sports Council.  Without doubt John’s tireless work and leadership has left a strong community legacy.


Tony Burke

Tony Burke has been a longstanding member of the Farnham Lions and has headed most of the Farnham Lions’ committees as well as serving as president. He is a trustee of the Farnham Lions charity and has been the prime mover in continuing the Lions Club Wenceslas Project, supporting those in fuel poverty.  Tony also managed the Lions’ winter food parcel collection, collecting and distributing food to those who are in need.

In addition, Tony has been a supporter of Homestart and, despite his own ill health, has been an active volunteer at the Farnham vaccination programme.

Tony has made a valuable contribution to the Farnham community and those in most need.


David Coker

David Coker has been an instrumental player in the Farnham Crime Prevention Panel in Farnham and has been chairman for over a decade.  As well as co-ordinating with the police and the different groups in Farnham, David has been a regular attendee at events to raise awareness and encourage individual families to protect their homes and possessions from crime.  Under David’s leadership the Crime Prevention Panel has made a valuable contribution to community safety.

Amongst his other interests, David has been an active member of Farnham Rotary club, serving as its youth committee chairman and also club chairman in 2019-20.

David’s contribution to Farnham is very much appreciated.


Sarah Coker

Sarah Coker has been a leading volunteer in the award-winning Victoria Garden for many years.  As Chair of the ‘Friends of the Victoria Garden’ she helped plan the planting in the garden and manage the rota of volunteers who maintain the garden.

In addition, Sarah helps organise the fundraising events to support the planting and maintenance costs. In 2016, she became a Trustee of the Farnham Swimming Baths Trust, representing the ‘Friends’.

Sarah has been instrumental in helping the Victoria Garden achieve many ‘gold’ and ‘outstanding’ awards in the South and South East in Bloom competitions and this award recognises the part she has played.


Christopher Ellis

Christopher Ellis has been a significant contributor to the community in Wrecclesham for many years.  As Church Warden in St Peter’s, he was a key fundraiser for improvements both to the church and Leverton Hall.  As a Trustee of the Isabella Schroder Foundation, he worked with the other trustees to support the most disadvantaged in the community.

Christopher was on the committee of the Wrecclesham Community Centre from its creation and was Chairman from 2014 until 2021.  He worked hard to create improved opportunities for young people and was key in liaising with Farnham Town Council on behalf of the Trust in improvements to the Centre.  Christopher much deserves this award for his key contribution to the Wrecclesham community.


Peter Glover MBE

Peter Glover has made an outstanding contribution in promoting community CPR and defibrillation in Farnham.  His commitment and enthusiasm, alongside his assistance and guidance in founding the Heartstart Farnham Lions Scheme in 2012, has been instrumental to its success. Peter was a heartstart trainer and also the voluntary clinical director on top of his work as a long-serving ambulance technician.

Heartstart Farnham has now trained over a thousand people in emergency life support.  Peter is passionate about both adults and young people being empowered to learn how to save a life.   Peter is modest about his contribution and shows great compassion but deserves recognition for his contribution to the wellbeing of Farnham.


Michael Maher

Michael Maher served on the Board of Trustees at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care for nine years, and as Chairman for three.  During that time, it doubled its turnover and the number of patients supported, benefitting from Michael’s business experience and expertise.  Under his leadership the charity took over the NHS Beacon service increasing the care provided away from the Hospice building.

Michael also served as the publicly elected governor of the Frimley Health Foundation Trust for six years and an active member of the Farnham Weyside Rotary and his local church.

With a generous nature and boundless energy Michael is continuing to support the local community as Chair of the Farnham Maltings and is a real community champion worthy of this award.


Rebecca Skeels

Rebecca Skeels was key to Farnham becoming a World Craft Town through her unstinting hard work and her inclusive, encouraging approach working alongside the contributing partners.  As a craft lecturer at UCA she was keen to celebrate Farnham’s rich visual creativity.  As a volunteer she co-ordinated, over several years, the Craft Month programme and participants.  Rebecca completed applications for funding that broadened the programme and provided key evaluation data that underpinned the World Craft Town submission.

Rebecca’s participative good nature, engendered goodwill and positivity with the outcome being greater than the sum of the parts.  Rebecca has made a significant contribution that is worthy of the Services to Farnham Award.


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans presented medals to:

Mrs Rachel Britton

Mr Vic Cracknell

Col. Jack Crawford

Mr Anthony Goodall

Mrs Louise Granville-Jones

Dr Alan Hunt

Mr Michael McAleenan.

Mr John Negus

Mr Graham Noakes

Mr Graham Precious

Mr Chris Shepheard

Mr Norman Smith

Mr Barry Wilkinson


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor David Attfield presented medals to:

Dr Martin Angel

Dr David Brown

Rachel Deadman

Philip German

Iain Hunter

Polly Murray

Valerie and Douglas Nye

Catherine Powell

Marion Stagg

Marion Stockley

Bill Whittenbury


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge presented medals to:

George Alford 

Alexa Barrow

Janet Fraser 

Mavis Golding 

Maureen Grew

Keith Harris

Robert Hockey

Richard Horton

Elizabeth Meade

Roy Waight

Ian Wilkins


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward presented medals to:

John Boas

Pam Easey

Susan Farrow

David Gill

Roger Hobbs

Carol McFarlane

Peter Sauter

Peter Seager

Sue Weaver

Susan Wells


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mrs Pat Frost presented medals to:

Martin Billett

Stewart Dakers

Brian Gravestock

Vera and Allan Maxwell

Joanna Michaelides

Gilly Stewart

Diane Vasey

Robert (Bob) Verner-Jeffreys


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jeremy Ricketts presented medals to:

Phil Alexander

Roy Beard

Robert Blackman

Linda Bone

Anne Boyman

Peter Buckingham

John Collins

John Ely

Alan Gavaghan

John Green

Peter Greenyer

Geoffrey Jeal

Margaret Kitney

Diana Martin

David McAdam

Darryl Morgan

Noel Moss

Edward Peek

Michael Prinsep

Ivy and Reg Skeet

Gavin Stride

David and Gillian Victor-Smith


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Paddy Blagden presented medals to:

Michael Beale

Roger Bradley

Peter Brinsden

Jan Clark

Simon Farrant

David Fisher

Brian Greig

Sue Hepburn

Jonathan Jones

Peter Matthews

Michael Yeadon


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Stephen Hill presented medals to:

Ian Carter

Meg Daniels

Audrey Gotting

Eric Goulding

David Graham

Sue Gravenell

Ken Powell

Nicky Staszkiewicz

Derek Wall

Marion Wall

Geoff Wallis

Rosemary Wisbey


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jill Hargreaves presented medals to:

Keith Aston

Jo Aylwin

Elisabeth Butters

Bill Cushen

Gloria Dyche

Maggie Groves

Lionel Knight

David Lambert

Steve Newport

Eve Price

Olive Silver

Tracy Thayre

Diane Thomas

Phil Thomas


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward presented medals to:

Elizabeth Bagnall

Ina Barzotelli

Sheelagh Greentree

Michael Hayter

Henry Liu

Jean Parratt

Berni Schoenberg

Mick Sturgess

Kevin Taitt

Cyril Trust


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Lucinda Fleming presented medals to:

Mike Barter

Joyce Belcher

Leslie Binfield

Michael Blower

Sue Bowness

Brenda Broomhead

Roger Burge

Chris Elton

Nellie Hawkins

Carol Holman

Mike Holman

Jean Hurst

Brian Kurton

Dr Pat Lambert

Dennis Pratt

Mike Probert

Bryan Sell

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