Examiner Community Awards: Services to the Community, Community Event, Services to Charity

REMARKABLE Laurie Minney is nominated for his service to local scouting.

REMARKABLE Laurie Minney is nominated for his service to local scouting.

The 78-year-old from Meltham has been involved in the Scout movement ever since the beginning of the Second World War.

He became a Scout leader in 1949 and joined the 5th Holme Valley Meltham Group as a leader in 1953.

He was awarded scouting’s highest award, The Silver Wolf, in recognition for his long and outstanding service.

The loyal Huddersfield Town supporter really enjoyed the event at the Galpharm Stadium. He said he was absolutely delighted to win the award but quickly said: "I couldn’t have done it without people working as a team. The ladies have been a fantastic support."

He said there has been increasing interest in scouting in the past few years, but there is always a need for more Scout leaders in the area.

"There are more and more girls signing up because they feel they can do outdoor activities like canoeing,’’ he said.

"These days there’s even badges for computers which obviously there wasn’t in my day."

Friend Leslie Chadwick nominated Laurie for the award.

He said: "Laurie is a fantastic, remarkable person in that he has no transport of his own and travels everywhere on foot or by public transport.

"I cannot think of anyone, past or present, who deserves this award more than Laurie."

Other nominees in this category were Richard Carter and Joan Morton.

IRISH eyes were certainly smiling last night.

The organisers of Huddersfield’s St Patricks Day Parade scooped the award for community event of the year.

And there whoops of delight as they collected their prize.

Ann Conrecode, who has been involved with the parade since its inception, said: "It’s not just for the Irish community, it’s for the whole town and they come out in their thousands to support us".

Since the parade committee was set up in May 2000 there have been nine annual parades costing £18,000 to stage each year. The committee work all year round to secure Irish-themed attractions from the UK as well as Ireland.

John McLoughlin, chairman of Huddersfield St Patricks Day Parade Committee said, "Its about promoting Irish culture in Huddersfield and bringing together Irish people and the Huddersfield community for an event full of colour.

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Other nominees in this category were Overgate Hospice Choir and Honley Village Christmas Event.

SHELLSHOCKED is how Margaret Revitt described winning the Services to Charity award.

Margaret set up Huddersfield Cancer Support 20 years ago this August. And winning the award in this anniversary year is the icing on the cake for both her and chairman Alicia Barrett, who nominated her.

"While ever people need us we will keep going," she said.

It was the loss of her own mother to bowel cancer which prompted Margaret to help others touched by the illness.

The Upperthong woman has devoted the last 20 years to helping people at Huddersfield Cancer Support and raising thousands for the cause.

Shortly after her mother died in 1986, Margaret answered a newspaper ad asking for help setting up a cancer support group in Huddersfield.

She helped launch the group with its founder, James Moran, who sadly died shortly afterwards.

Margaret gave up her job to extend her voluntary role as secretary for the group – based at Peregrine House at Brooks Yard off Market Street in Huddersfield town centre.

She now spends four days a week running various activities at the centre and works hard to find ways of raising the £12,500 needed to run the group each year.

Margaret said: "We feel it’s beneficial for new cancer patients going through treatment to come along and talk to members who have gone through their treatment and survived, sometimes for many years."

Other nominees in this category were John And Chris Philip and Malcolm Roeder.

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