Award for litter picker Werner Schulze

Werner Schulze of Collyweston
Werner Schulze of Collyweston
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A VOLUNTEER in the community has won an award for his hard work.

Werner Schulze, who lives in Westonville, Collyweston, with his wife Fiona, was stunned to find out he had been nominated for a Spire Homes’ People Pride and Community Awards 2011.

Mr Schulze, 61, was put forward for the senior achievement award by Ann Munton, who said in her nomination: “Werner is the litter warden for Collyweston, despite having to use a mobility scooter.

He can regularly be seen combing the village’s streets picking up litter with a grabber. Every year he organises a litter collection over a wider area of the village.”

Mr Schulze is also a Collyweston Parish Council, a speed gun operator and is also part of the Collyweston Playing Field Association.

He said: “I do quite a lot in the village but I never expected to win an award and when I got a letter through to say I had been nominated I was really shocked.

“But it is really lovely as well to get an award.”

Mr Schulze collected his plaque at a ceremony at Rockingham Forest Hotel.

He added: “It was a really nice awards ceremony and the plaque I have got is absolutely fantastic.

“It has pride of place on my mantlepiece and everyone in the village has congratulated me on this award when I see them when I’m out on my mobility scooter, which is really nice.”

It is the second time the housing association has organised the awards to recognise neighbours and people in the community who go the extra mile.