The former High Sheriff of Rutland celebrated the work of influential people in the county as he step down from the role on Friday.
In his last speech as High Sheriff at Oakham Castle, Bart Hellyer paid tribute to those who had had a positive impact in their communities by presenting them with the community service award.
Bart said: “It’s been a year for standout events and the awards are for what the recipients have done for Rutland over many years.”
The first award was presented to Rutland Sailability chairman Martin Sutcliffe, for the group’s work in launching its boat at the Queen’s diamond jubilee pageant on the River Thames in June. Bart also attended the launch after supporting the project throughout the year.
Martin said: “It’s a great honour to be accepting this award on behalf of the whole team. Without Bart’s help we would have had great difficulty so I thank him for the support to make it all happen.”
Volunteer Kate Yardley was commended for her work in organising Voluntary Action Rutland’s fashion show and dinner which was held at St George’s Barracks in November. Hundreds of pounds were raised at the event, which went towards the Voluntary Action Rutland’s work in supporting those in need in Rutland.
Kate said: “This award means the world to me. I enjoyed every minute in organising the fashion show and it was a great occasion.”
John and Connie Beadman, who live in Braunston, were awarded for their contribution to church services across the county for more than 60 years.
John, who is tower captain at St Peter’s Church in Brooke, said: “It’s marvellous to be recognised and it’s nice for the church to be remembered.”
The fourth award was given to Peter Jones, owner of antiques shop Swans of Oakham. Peter has helped develop the art and cultural side of Rutland, including art exhibition Rutland Open Studios and the Rutland hippo trail.
Peter said: “I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve this but it’s on behalf of everyone who has helped in projects over the year. We’re so grateful for the recognition.”
The final award was given to Bart’s former school Uppingham School for its work and support in the community. The award was picked up by headteacher Richard Harman, along with his wife Corinne, who was the High Sheriff’s chaplain for the year.
Richard said: “To be part of a great team and to work so closely with an inspirational High Sheriff has been a privilege.”
Also giving a speech at the ceremony was Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard, who praised the work Bart had done for the county and wished new Rutland High Sheriff Trish Ruddle good luck for her year in the role.