Mayor Roll Of Honours For February

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A chairof governors, a volunteer at Shinfield Youth Players youth group and volunteersfrom charity ABC to read are the recipients of this month’s Wokingham BoroughMayor’s Roll of Honour awards for outstanding commitment and contributions tothe area. 

Mayor Roll Of Honours
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John Prior

JohnPrior, nominated by Cllr Keith Baker, is the chair of governors at AddingtonSchool in Woodley. Addington School is an outstanding Special School forchildren and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Johnrecently announced he would be standing down from this important role at theend of the year after 23 years of service to the school. He first got involved atthe school as a parent governor and has carried out almost every governor rolein the school. He has been chairman for more than 10 years. He has always gonethe extra mile and been a critical friend of both teachers and pupils.

As chairof governors he oversaw the construction of a new purpose-built building andthe complexities of moving the school from one location to another. The schoolhas had three consecutive outstanding Ofsted assessments.

Gordon Bird

Thesecond recipient for the Mayor’s Roll of Honour Award is Gordon Bird, who wasnominated by Cllr Ken Miall. Gordon has spent the past 20 years volunteering atShinfield Players youth group.

Gordonhas spent an enormous amount of his time working with eight to 18 year oldsteaching them acting skills and this has included under privileged and disabledchildren. All of his time has been given freely and involves many nights of theweek. He even takes the children to Prague each year for an internationalcompetition.


Volunteers from ABC to read have been nominated by the charity’s CEO Marcia Rowlinson.  The group supports ten Wokingham Borough Primary Schools.  

ABC to read helps bridge this gap in the community and give deprived children more of a chance to succeed in their futures. The project relies on the efforts of community volunteers. These volunteers spend half an hour with each pupil twice a week in school. The child and their mentor pursue a range of literacy-based activities, such as sharing books, playing games and enjoying conversation. This encourages the building of the pupil’s literacy skills, as well as their confidence and self-esteem.

Inthe annual school evaluations survey it was shown how ABC to read volunteershave had a huge impact on the reading performance and self-confidence of thechildren it helped.

CllrJohn Kaiser, Borough Mayor, said:  ““John,Gordon and the volunteers at ABC to read go well and truly above and beyond tohelp others in our community.  I’mhonoured to acknowledge the effort and contributions they all make. Thisrecognition is thoroughly deserved.”

Anyborough resident can be nominated for the award.  “We are looking for people who make that extraeffort for others,” said Cllr Kaiser. “Maybe by fostering, volunteering orbeing a carer; there are many thousands of such people out there and we need tohear about them. For children and young people, we would like to hear aboutthose who have overcome adversity.”

How To Nominate

To nominate somebody, all you have todo is email the mayor’s office at: mayoralsupport@wokingham.gov.uk. Nominations (which can only be made by Wokingham boroughresidents) should be no longer than 200 words and set out why the nomineeshould be considered for the award. For the children’s awards, outstandingachievements in sport or arts will be considered.

Each month Cllr Kaiser and his deputymayor Cllr Bill Soane will select worthy winners from those people nominated bymembers of the public. There will be children’s and adults’ categories and eachwinner will receive a lapel badge and scroll to mark their achievements.

The awards will be given out monthlyand the next awards will be presented at March’s council meeting.