Brentwood Civic Awards
Local heroes and devotees to the community were awarded last Friday (March 2) at the Brentwood Borough Council Civic Awards 2017, in Hutton.
The awards recognise compassionate individuals who have dedicated their time to help others.
The winner of the service to the community award was Chris Boyland, who has devoted his time to ‘Lighting up Brentwood’, ‘The Strawberry Fayre’ and encourages volunteers, schools and his church group to help and work at local events.
The winner of the lifetime achievement award was Brian Kitchener who is the president of the Royal British Legion Brentwood (RBL), who also won the service to the community award. The RBL celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
The Brentwood RBL has been awarded for its exceptional service to Brentwood community, the council, veterans, sailors, soldiers, airmen, cadets, and raising vital funds.
They are a vital part of the Remembrance Day committee and their Chairman visits schools giving talks on the true meaning of the Poppy and its connection with Remembrance.
Many people will recognise Brian from selling Remembrance Day poppies. He helped greatly in improving the membership after joining the RBL when it was at an all-time low. He focused on boosting it to keep the memory alive of those who had fallen.
Brian had been an instigating force in the refurbishment of the Brentwood War Memorial and arranged for two marble seats to be placed at the Memorial to commemorate the beginning of WW1.
The second lifetime achievement award went to Paula Hills, who is one of the founding members of SNAP, the Brentwood based charity for families who have children with special need and disabilities.
Paula has been actively involved in services, supporting staff and fundraising alongside being a full-time carer and mum to her disabled son.
The awards were presented by the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell at the Civic Dinner .
Cllr Russell, said: “I was impressed with the quality of our winners’ work. It shows the time that Chris, Paula and Brian have given to our community, devoting many years to help. These winners have made a real difference to people’s lives in and around the Brentwood area.”