Community rewards good citizens for their hard work

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Calderdale councillors voted from community nominations to award local residents Peter Edwards and Jeremy Meadowcroft for their outstanding work for the Rastrick local community in 2014.

Mr Edwards is the chairman of the Brighouse Charity Gala Committee and works with Rastrick Big Local.

“It’s great to get any recognition, whatever you’re doing in life, and to receive something like this is obviously something which is a great highlight for me and for my family – it’s fantastic.” said Peter, whose work over many years for many different groups has seen him make positive differences over a lifetime of volunteering.

His current position with Rastrick Big Local has also benefitted new groups over the past year in supporting them with funding to progress ideas that benefit Rastrick people.

Jeremy Meadowcroft worked to establish and install Rastrick’s very own community defibrillator, located on Carr Green Lane.

His work was described as a great project that installed a life-saving device available to the general public in an emergency and “was a great example of what can be achieved when people work together from different groups”.

Speaking about the award, he said: “I am grateful for the support, co-operation and positive thinking of some really great people from different groups in Rastrick.

“When you get groups talking to each other, we can really see each other’s perspectives and needs, and can then really make positive things happen together. I love that.”

At the awards, Rastrick councillor Chris Pillai said: “I hope it inspires others to get involved and do a little bit in their community.

“Just go and find out, and ask. It’s amazing what new friends you might make.

“Jeremy’s relentless voluntary work for Rastrick Juniors Football Club regularly shows the club has great community spirit, working on projects that develop, maintain and improve facilities for all Rastrick residents, not just footballers, improving pathways, access and facilities that improve, maintain and develop the area for everyone’s benefit, not just their own.”