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Locals recognised in Hythe and Dibden Parish Council awards for 'extraordinary' acts of kindess



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MORE than 100 locals have been recognised by Hythe and Dibden Parish Council for extraordinary acts of kindness during the pandemic.

The community spirit award is usually given to one person who has made a significant contribution to the village over the previous year.

However, because of the sheer amount of extraordinary acts of kindness over the last 16 months, it was decided that all of the 120 nominees should be recognised.

Jo Snocken was crowned the community champion overall winner
Jo Snocken was crowned the community champion overall winner

A specially commissioned enamel pin was created from a design by local author and illustrator Simon Chadwick, featuring the parish logo supported by a hand.

Every nominee received a certificate and a pin in gratitude for their achievement. The overall winner was Jo Snocken, who volunteers at the Coffee House at St Andrew’s Church in Dibden Purlieu.

A parish council spokesperson said: “The decision for the overall recipient of the community spirit award was very tough – there were so many exceptional nominees to choose from.

“Jo was chosen as she realised that many of the regular customers were older and lived on their own and came in for a hot meal to save cooking and for company and, without that, they would be potentially vulnerable and isolated.

“In first lockdown she organised 30 volunteers who cooked and delivered as many as 150 meals a day to those who were unable to go out and shop.

“They later added lunch bags for vulnerable schoolchildren too.

“The lunches frequently included little goodies and gifts to lift people’s spirits and gave the recipients some outside contact when they were isolated at home.”

Marc Holland won the council’s environmental champion award, which recognised his voluntary work to keep the parish clean and tidy.

The spokesperson added: “Marc received it for his care of Oaklands Pond.

“The pond is one of the jewels of the community and many discovered it for the first time during lockdown walks.

“Over the years Marc has introduced ducks and got neighbours to help him and the parish council to keep the pond in good health and the viewing platform in good condition. He has even built houses for the ducks.”

In addition to the certificate and enamel pin, Marc and Jo each received a £20 gift voucher and trophy.



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