Regis Volunteer of the Year Award
April 2009, Purbeck District Council has annually recognised the
many volunteers of Purbeck who freely give their time, energy
and skills to help others. Without these individuals, many local
activities would not be possible.
ceremony is held early in the spring of each year, and town and
parish councils are asked to forward details of their Volunteer
of the Year to the District Council's Communications Officer in
the ceremony, the Chairman of the Council awards each nominee
(whether group or individual) with a scroll.
a Year from the drop down list, or scroll down...
- Alison Debenham
local resident was recently honoured by Purbeck District Council
with a ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for her extraordinary
voluntary contribution to our community. Alison Debenham was nominated
by Bere Regis Parish Council for her work as editor of the Bere
Regis and Affpuddle Parish Magazine.
Ventham, Chairman of Bere Regis Parish Council, said in his citation
that “…over the last 17 years Alison has worked
tirelessly, month by month to grow the magazine, in terms of quality,
size, breadth of readership and advertising revenue. She not only
edits the publication, working for several days full time each
month to get it ready to go off to the printer, but is also responsible
for finding advertisers and collecting the advertising revenues.
It has grown from a 60 page mag to 80 and sometimes 100 pages,
plus an occasional centre page spread colour supplement.”
a cover price of 75p per month or £8 per year, plus its
advertising revenue, the magazine now pays for itself, and makes
a profit for the parish churches. Its print run is now about 600
to the two parishes.
November 2012 it was judged ninth out of 890 in the National Parish
is hard to imagine a better, more diverse, more interesting, more
widely read and informative community publication than our very
popular and much loved Parish Mag, and its success is entirely
due to the unflagging month by month commitment of its volunteer
editor, Alison Debenham.
recipients of Volunteer of the Year Awards have included Christopher
Maunder, Alison Bennett and the late Terry Vine.
of the Parish Council
- Terry Vine (decd)
was given the Award for his great contribution to the village
over the years, especially his role as Leader of Lennys Youth
- Christopher Maunder
was given the Award for his years of Service in a variety of roles,
including as a former Chairman of the Parish Council.
- Alison Bennett
was given the Award for her active involvement in many Village
Organisations, for example the Pop in Place.
- Kath Jeeves
annual volunteer of the year award was held on 8th April at Purbeck
District Council in Wareham. Bere Regis was represented by our
very own Kath Jeeves. Jim Parsons (Parish Council Chair) gave
a short acceptance speech (below) on behalf of the parish Council
and the people of Bere Regis.
as she is known throughout the village has worked tirelessly for
over 30 years for the good of the village and the district community
as a whole. In the earlier days, she recognised the need to establish
a club for older people so that they could get together and keep
in touch with their friends. The club is still very active and
continues to provide a most valuable service to the community.
a pianist, Kath has formed a choir of ladies who, in many cases,
would not have considered themselves performing musicians. Her
enthusiasm brought them together and formed a talented group who
perform to audiences young and old, regularly performing at old
folks clubs, nursing homes and sheltered housing. Kath also accompanies
on the piano for the Pop in Place choirs for younger members of
has also enthusiastically guided the Village Hall Committee as
its Chairman, inspiring the committee to make great improvements
to the elderly Village Hall and today it is a welcoming meeting
place for all who care to use it.
the years, Kath has set a very high standard for voluntary work
in the village and surrounding areas, quietly getting on with
things, including taking elderly folk on shopping trips, giving
friendship and companionship to all. Kath is an outstanding example
of a very good citizen, well deserved of this award.”