The Leslie D Gale Award was instituted in 1994, as a tribute to the late Mr Gale, who was the last Chairman of Dursley Parish Council and the first Mayor of Dursley, and who served the community in so many ways. The Leslie D Gale Award not only recognises longevity of service to the community but also impact. Dursley Town Council is very aware that young people also contribute to the community, and that their work should be recognised. Nominations do not have to be for individuals; in past years groups have also been successfully nominated.
The 2017 LDG awards were announced at the Annual Assembly on the 23rd May 2017. This years recipients are Martine Carter, Ronnie Harding, Mandy Woodward and posthumously Cllr Brian Marsh.
Cllr Mandy Woodward receiving her 2017 Leslie D Gale from Mayor Grecian at the 2017 Annual Assembly meeting.
This year's award winners were announced at the Town's Annual Assembly on the 23rd May 2017. They are:
Cllr Mandy Woodward - Mandy has given unstinting support to her fellow traders over the years that she traded in town. She remained a source of information, advice, inspiration and common sense whilst keeping a sense of humour.
She also was brilliant at keeping an eye out for many of the more vulnerable customers of the town. She was always the one who noticed if someone hadn't been seen. She helped so many people sign posting them to local services and support or helping to arrange support for them.
She has looked after the Town Hall and dealt with the issues that open bookings invariably brings.
She is a very public spirited and conscientious person who continues to support the town that we all love by becoming a Town Councillor.
Martine Carter receiving her award from the Mayor, Cllr Neil Grecian with members of the ConnectAT group.
Martine Carter - Martine has been nominated for her hard work and dedication to Connectat. This is a youth club for people with autism run from the Tabernacle/The Vibe Youth Centre in Dursley. This is a vital and rare service that not only helps teenagers in Dursley but from surrounding areas due to a lack of places for autistic people to just access things that other teenagers have ease of access to. They go above and beyond with the help of volunteers to make every session exciting and varied with in house visits from animal zoos and various craft sessions, to experiencing new foods and cultures and outside trips to ski slopes, ten pin bowling laser tag and more. There are no problems and boundaries all are included and helped and the opportunities this group creates for these young people is simply amazing and a well-hidden secret in Dursley.
Ronnie Harding receiving her "Unsung Hero" Award from the Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Grecian
Ronnie Harding - Ronnie continues to support and represent many of the town's volunteer groups. She is a valued and long serving founder member of the successful Dursley in Bloom group who successfully were awarded Gold in the 2016 Small Town Category and I'm sure will achieve a similar recommendation in this year's awards.
Ronnie who served as a Town Councillor in the past and was influential in the Town Council hosting the annual Pancake Race, remains committed to the wellbeing of the town and has been or remains involved with a number of community groups including U3A, the 50 Club as well as driving the mini bus for The Dursley and District Association for the Transport of the Disabled and Elderly (DATE).
Ronnie is the former Chairman and current member of Severnside Cottage Garden Society and provides flower arrangements for the Dursley Day Centre.
In recognition of her continued volunteering efforts, Ronnie has been awarded the Leslie D Gale "Unsung Hero" award for Outstanding Service to the Community of Dursley.
Cllr Brian Marsh (Posthumous Award) - Cllr Brian Marsh passed away on Tuesday 15th November 2016 at the Vale Hospital following a brave battle against illness.
Brian was the longest serving present Councillor having been a Town Councillor for almost 25 years, originally joining the Council in February 1992. He also twice represented Dursley at Stroud District Council as a Liberal Democrat Councillor.
He lived and worked most of his life in Dursley, having attended Cam Hopton andDursley Secondary Modern Schools, before serving an apprenticeship at Mawdesleys and following a break for National Service serving 28 years as an employee of RA Listers.
Cllr Brian Marsh's family being presented with his posthumous award.