Hall’s dedicated treasurer receives council accolade

David Cobb receives the Meritorious Service Award from Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey. Picture by Trevor Walker.
David Cobb receives the Meritorious Service Award from Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey. Picture by Trevor Walker.
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A Ponteland resident has been honoured for his efforts to help keep an important community asset in operation.

At the town council’s Annual Meeting of Local Government Electors, David Cobb received the Meritorious Award from Mayor Peter Cowey.

The treasurer of the Memorial Hall has overseen a range of projects to upgrade the facilities at the building, which was constructed in the 1920s.

For example, the committee was able to raise enough funds for a new central heating. The project was completed last year.

Mr Cobb was in the RAF for 16 years and for most of that time he was a parachute instructor. He travelled to many countries all over the world, including Hong Kong and Canada, in this role.

He then worked in local government and moved to Ponteland in 1982 when he took up a position at Newcastle City Council.

The former director of community and leisure services at the authority retired in 2000 and a few months later he took on the voluntary role of treasurer at the Memorial Hall.

Mr Cobb said: “The hall is very important to the community. As well as being popular for big parties, exhibitions, wedding receptions and major public meetings, it is used by many local groups on a regular basis.

“It’s bigger than most halls of its type and it was extended in the 1960s, so it’s always getting something done. It’s in a good condition as many of the facilities have been refurbished in recent years.

“It can be a struggle to raise funds because we are not in a deprived area, but we have always managed and everyone on the committee works hard for the benefit of the hall.”

He added that someone else is set to take on the role of treasurer later this year, but he intends to stay on the committee and work closely with the new treasurer.

Coun Cowey said: “David’s tireless and dedicated work has kept the Memorial Hall in operation via applying for grants to umpteen bodies and he has been able to raise thousands of pounds. He is also a dab hand with a paint brush and a general maintenance manager.”