Winners of the 2014 Dudley Volunteer Awards were recently re-united as guests of Dudley Mayor, Cllr Margaret Aston. The Mayor welcomed her guests into the Council Chamber, where they were given a brief insight into the workings of the Council and a history of the Mayoral robes and chains of office by Martin Cox, Mayoral Attendant and chauffeur.
The party then made their way to the Mayor’s parlour for afternoon tea and cakes. As her year as Dudley Volunteering Champion draws to a close, the Mayor said she was ‘shocked’ at how many volunteers and voluntary groups there are in Dudley.
The Mayor said she had been a volunteer with the PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) for 18 years, but she was still “amazed by the range of work and support volunteers do in their communities across the borough. There are literally thousands of volunteers putting in hundreds of thousands of hours each year.” Asked to sum up her year as Volunteering Champion, the Mayor said, “Having the chance to meet so many interesting people and un-sung heroes and ….lots of cakes, biscuits and cups of tea.”
One of the guests, Brett Harris of Blaze Hairdressing in Kingswinford wondered why he had been invited as he was presented with the Business Supporting the Community Award in 2013. All was made clear when Eileen Fielding presented Brett with a ‘Points of Light’ certificate signed by the Prime Minister in recognition of Brett’s commitment to the annual Dudley CVS Operation Santa Toy Appeal.