Meritorious award for dedicated fund-raiser and farewell to six councillors

The retiring Ponteland Town councillors. From left, Peter Cowey, Liz Thompson, Robin Ramsay, Joyce Butcher and Carl Rawlings. Lesley Noble was unavailable for the photo. Picture by The Image Farm.
The retiring Ponteland Town councillors. From left, Peter Cowey, Liz Thompson, Robin Ramsay, Joyce Butcher and Carl Rawlings. Lesley Noble was unavailable for the photo. Picture by The Image Farm.
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A Ponteland man has received a prestigious accolade in recognition of his outstanding efforts in aid of good causes.

At the annual meeting of local government electors, Ponteland Town Council gave Bruce Grant its Meritorious Service Award for all of his fund-raising work over the years – both for the Pont Charity Group and as an individual.

Bruce Grant, right, receives the Meritorious Service Award from Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings. Picture by The Image Farm.

Bruce Grant, right, receives the Meritorious Service Award from Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings. Picture by The Image Farm.

Mayor Carl Rawlings, who did the presentation, said: “Bruce has campaigned in all weathers for many years and he has raised more than £50,000 for worthy charities.”

Mr Grant told those in attendance of a time in the alleyway next to T&G Allan in Morpeth when he saw a man he recognised who said ‘this is the fourth time you have caught me recently’ and Mr Grant told him ‘I’m afraid you pay on the way in and again on the way back’.

He added: “I would like to give a grateful and heartfelt thanks to a kind-hearted Mayor and equally kind-hearted town councillors for deciding to give me this award.”

Mr Grant also thanked the Pont Charity Group trustees and others who have supported him over the years.

At the same meeting, the six retiring Ponteland town councillors were thanked for their efforts and dedication.

They are as follows: Robin Ramsay (14 years on the council); Joyce Butcher (14 years); Liz Thompson (10 years); Carl Rawlings (eight years); Peter Cowey (eight years); and Lesley Noble (four years).

In addition, Ponteland’s Britain in Bloom and Northumbria in Bloom entries are progressing well. Spring judging for the latter has taken place.