THE SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS of three residents in Cuddington, Epsom have been recognised by their church and Residentsâ€™ Association (RA) through a new award introduced this year.
Ken Robinson was the first to be named â€˜Citizen of the Yearâ€™ as part of the St Maryâ€™s and Residentsâ€™ Award (SMRA) during a celebratory service on 14 July for his long-term dedication to the community.
The award is designed to commend significant voluntary activity in Cuddington, while aiming to improve the churchâ€™s engagement with the community.
The vicar of St Maryâ€™s Church and organiser of the SMRA, the Revd Andy Cain said: â€œThe event was brilliant, with a full church and glorious weather.
â€œKen Robinson has contributed a lot to the community over the years and is very well known here.
â€œCuddington has no shortage of community-minded, caring people and this award is a great way of encouraging community and church engagement, even in its first year we feel it has done wonders in that respect.â€
Ken worked for many years supporting the Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra and in his retirement has been a prominent member of the Probus Club of Ewell, a longstanding member of St Maryâ€™s Church, and member of Cuddington RA.
Two other residents were also thanked for their time and support given to the community and were awarded certificates - Joyce Nicholas for her contributions to local and district scouting, and PC Dan Doherty for his policing in the Cuddington area.
The ceremony was attended by nearly 220 people, including the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, who presented the award, and the 2nd Cuddington Guides and Scouts.