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Making A Difference Awards 2023

By Clerk to the Council Kingsclere Parish Council

Wednesday, 21 June 2023


Kingsclere Parish Council Contributor


The Parish Council is delighted to present the 2023 Kingsclere Making A Difference Awards to seven very deserving people for the huge contribution they make or have made to village life.

The awards winners are:

  • Jill Ainsworth
  • Kath Hodgson
  • McColls' staff
  • Dilwyn Patterson
  • Masie Phenix
  • John Sawyer
  • Debbie Upton

The winners each received their certificate from Cllr Clive Mussett, Chair of the Parish Council, at a special event in the Village Club. There were also congratulations from Kingsclere's own Jonathan Broom-Edwards MBE, gold-medallist Paralympic high-jumper. Jonathan is currently in training so recorded a video especially for the event, naming each of the winners and encouraging them to continue their good work.

Each winner was nominated by people from the village who have directly benefitted from these individuals' exceptional contributions and attitudes. The nominations were confirmed by a panel of judges drawn from three village institutions - Emma Rivers from St Mary's, Mike Stokoe, editor of The Tower and Cllr David Conquest from the Parish Council.

Photos: Gareth Martin

See more photos of the day in the Gallery.


Jill Ainsworth
in recognition of all she has done for the Village Bunnies, 8 years of volunteer work, determined to open again after Covid with only 3 parents the group is now in a better place and new parents are made to feel very welcome making such a difference to local families.
Kath Hodgson
for service and dedication as post lady, Kath kept the post coming throughout strikes, looked out for our community, and helped where she could, and she formed some great relationships with those on her round. Diligently served above and beyond her paid position. Kath you are missed already.
McColls Convenience Store
for their customer service and with pay point help, lockdown assistance, support to local organisations, along with considerable donations
to Great Ormond Street. The staff go above what is asked of them and with the imminent closure of the store as its currently known its time for recognition of their service to the Community.
Dilwyn Patterson
Dilwyn over 28 years at the helm of Kingsclere RUFC, Captain back in 1984, fixtures secretary in 1988 and 40 years of service to the Club. He put in
so much time on the grounds, filling in holes, and watering of the fields whilst the drainage was sorted and reseeding took place, Dilwyn liaised continuously with B&D throughout the process, he was adamant Rugby would return after Covid. It was quoted that Dilwyn is beyond commitment and his boots will never be filled.
Maisie Phenix
Maisie has lived in the village since 1945, now a wonderful age of over 100 is still knitting for premature babies and homeless, she helped deliver babies in the village and was an integral part of Kingsclere Red Cross for years.
John Sawyer
John played an enormous role in the successful running of the parish during the last ten years importantly as Chairman since 2015. “It seems ironic that he made it his job to see so many villagers acknowledged for their efforts during the Covid epidemic whilst his own, critical job in seeing that services continued and those in need helped, was not really acknowledged.” During it all his unassuming but determined personality meant things ran smoothly. Now that he has fully retired as a member of the Council it is time for recognition.
Debbie Upton
for her dedication to Clients in Kingsclere and the Care Industry, Joining Blue Angel in 2019, Debbie has clearly demonstrated her compassionate
nature and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients in the village. Debbie is willing to take on any task no matter how large or small and her clients look forward to seeing her.

Contact Information

Clerk to the Council

  • 01635 298634

Find Kingsclere Parish Council

Kingsclere Parish Office, 37 George Street, Kingsclere, Newbury, Hampshire, RG20 5NH


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