Mayor’s reception marks community work in Oakham

Oakham mayor Adam Lowe with award winners Maureen Dodds, Helen Outen and Joy Everitt.
Oakham mayor Adam Lowe with award winners Maureen Dodds, Helen Outen and Joy Everitt.
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Crowds turned out for the mayor’s annual reception to celebrate the work of people who have contributed in the community.

Oakham mayor Adam Lowe hosted his event at Victoria Hall on Wednesday last week and more than 100 people attended.

Coun Lowe presented four awards to people and groups who he feels have made Oakham a better place to live.

His first award was to Joy Everitt, organiser of the annual Oakham Festival.

This year Joy stands down after 13 years of devoted work and Coun Lowe felt that it was an appropriate time to recognise the success she has made of the festival.

Coun Lowe then recognised the contribution of volunteers from Oakham in Bloom.The group won the Silver Gilt Award at this year’s Britain in Bloom awards.

Coun Lowe presented his award to group chairman Maureen Dodds.

Helen Outen, the mum of Oakham adventurer Sarah Outen, collected an award on her daughter’s behalf for her efforts in attempting to circumnavigate the world by rowing, cycling and kayaking.

Coun Lowe said Sarah was an inspiration and helped put Oakham on the world map.

Coun Lowe’s final award recognised 93-year-old Bill Schofield, a Second World War veteran and former Oakham mayor, for his services to country, county and town. Coun Lowe presented Bill with his award at his home.