One of the last pleasurable civic duties the current Mayor and Mayoress of Bath, Cllr and Mrs Rob Appleyard had to perform – before handing over to the new Mayor on Saturday – was to present special Citizen Awards at a Guildhall ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour.
There were seven recipients, each receiving a silver Mayor’s Citizen Badge and certificate, recognising their outstanding contribution to the life of the City and for being true ambassadors for the City of Bath.
Jeremy Boss was recognised for his tireless voluntary work with the Widcombe Association over the last 12 years, and 8 years as Chairman of the largest and most active Resident’s Association in the City. His contribution not just steers the Association’s activities, he actively gets involved with the Art Trail, a Christmas Market, Opera staging, cycling, walking clubs, a choir, gardening, and history club.
Stephen & Christine Brook were recognised for their green-fingered long term voluntary work with Bath In Bloom, ensuring the City looks great and helping others, keeping Bath on the map for its world-renowned floral shows. Stephen has been Chairman for the last 6 years.
Terry Mitchell has been a voluntary tour guide for 34 years, leading almost 1300 walks as a member of the Mayor’s Corps of Honorary Guides. He is also a Blue Badge Guide. He has been a Football Referee for 65 years, President of Somerset Referees for 35 years, and once ran the line during an FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Nigel Perrin has given over 36 years of service to Bath as Musical Director of Bath Bach Choir and Founder and Musical Director of Bath Camerata. He is an internationally renowned Choral Director, Artistic Director and Conductor, inspiring musical leadership and outstanding performances with his ambitious ideas and skills. He is also well known for his valuable fundraising.
Tim Robb has been Conductor and Director of the Argyle String Orchestra for the past 35 years. Tim has ensured its membership has grown, both in size and in confidence and competence, being inclusive and welcoming musicians of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. He too has incorporated additional fundraising activities including raising over £30k for Dorothy House Foundation.
Sir Peter Heywood was also chosen for an Award in recognition of his valuable service to the community in Weston over many years. He set up Weston Community Library, worked on the design and installation of the Weston History Board and established Weston Food Club with local churches and charities. His involvement with Future Weston and Active Weston improved the use of the Recreation Ground, and he set up a Newsletter, ‘What’s On’, for Newbridge and Weston. His tireless work to promote the wellbeing of residents and bring people together was instrumental in his being nominated. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend the Ceremony but will receive his Award at another date.
The Mayor said: “I was delighted to present Awards to these very worthy people in recognition of their voluntary service. They have given generously of their time and deployed their skills for the benefit of others, our residents, and visitors to the City. I would also like to thank all those who nominated them.”