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THE winners of this year’s Brockenhurst Citizen of the Year awards have been announced, honouring those who made an outstanding commitment to their community.

The Citizen of the Year awards, first held in 2020, celebrate people in the village who go the extra mile for fellow residents and are organised by Brockenhurst Village Trust. This year there were 10 nominees.

Winner of the Brockenhurst Neighbour or Friend of the Year category was Jane Forrest.

Chris Hicks, Abby Thring and Jane Forrest with their awards
Chris Hicks, Abby Thring and Jane Forrest with their awards

Jane was nominated for the regular get-togethers she organises, which include introducing new residents to the neighbourhood’s other families.

Jane also leads by example by litter-picking locally, getting involved in charitable initiatives, and challenging visitors to the New Forest who do not observe the Countryside Code.

Winner of the Young Person of Brockenhurst category was Abby Thring.

She was nominated for her involvement with Greener Brockenhurst, a community environmental action group.

Abby was a key member in the set-up of the recycling shed at the village hall and was involved with researching recycling waste streams and helped to build the shed itself.

She is also responsible for the frequent monitoring, emptying and sorting of the crisp and biscuit wrapper bins in the shed before they can be sent off for recycling.

Winner of the Contribution to Brockenhurst Life category was Chris Hicks, who was nominated because of his role as volunteer commercial manager at Brockenhurst Football Club.

He was described as being an all-round good guy and an unsung hero.

A spokesperson for Brockenhurst Village Trust told the A&T: “These awards are a great opportunity for residents of Brockenhurst to say a heartfelt thank you to those in our community who go above and beyond for others.

“We are very grateful to Meadens Motor Group for sponsoring the awards.

“Congratulations to the three well deserved recipients who were unanimously judged to be winners – I hope they will display their trophies with pride.”



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