50 best Saffron moments - 50 - 41

PUBLISHED: 11:04 28 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

Irene McCarthy was nominated for Mum of the Year’

Irene McCarthy was nominated for Mum of the Year'

After much deliberation, the greatest minds in The Reporter office have compiled their favourite 50 moments from 2006. So, starting in reverse order… 50 HIGH HOPES Junior education minister Lord Andrew Adonis performed the opening ceremony for a new buil

After much deliberation, the greatest minds in The Reporter office have compiled their favourite 50 moments from 2006. So, starting in reverse order...

50 HIGH HOPES

Junior education minister Lord Andrew Adonis performed the opening ceremony for a new building at Saffron Walden County High School (January 12). The David Boatman Centre, named after the school's former headteacher, features new classrooms and a large seminar and lecture hall.

49 IN THE MONEY

A BT engineer from Saffron Walden, who thought he had won £511, is now £500,000 richer thanks to the EuroMillions lottery (February 9). Christopher Ingram, 26, of Auton Croft, had never played the game before and he and his girlfriend, Emily, believed they had only won the three-figure sum until they visited Shah's Newsagents in Rowntree Way and were told the good news.

48 YOUNG LEADER

Dedicated leader of Saffron Walden Scouts, Kevin Rule, has been nominated for the Clydesdale Bank Young People of the Year 2006 award (March 2). The 23-year-old leader of the 1st Saffron Walden Scouts, who lives in Church Street in the town, could win £1000 if he is chosen for the award - £500 for him and £500 for Scouts.

47 CHURCH BOOST

A church near Saffron Walden was granted £50,000 to help with the cost of repairs (March 9). St Botolph's Church, Hadstock, a building first built over a millennium ago, was granted £51,000 by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The church was one of just three in Essex that were awarded cash, as part of a scheme which saw £2.5million being granted to 33 churches across the East of England.

46 SUPER MUM

Irene McCarthy won a bouquet of roses after being named as a runner-up in the Daily Express Mum of the Year competition (March 30). The 81-year-old of De Bohun Court, Saffron Walden, may have missed out on the top prize of a day at a health spa, but daughter Susan is delighted with the result. She said: "We did well, considering the large number of people who must have entered."

45 CANCER CASH

Battling against rugged terrain and gruelling temperatures, a man has raised thousands of pounds for charity by trekking through Jordan (April 6). David Perks, a 57-year-old retired solicitor who lives in Duddenhoe End, was one of 108 people who took part in the sponsored hike in the Middle-Eastern country. He raised money for two UK cancer charities: Prostate Research Campaign UK and WellBeing of Women.

44 KARATE KID

Thaxted teenager, Joanne Bonner, celebrated after finishing third in the Pilatus Cup in Kriens, Switzerland (April 6). The 16-year-old member of Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate Club took part in the knockdown competition with high hopes and one eye on making the England squad for the World Championships.

43 SCIENCE CASH

Primary schools in the Sawston area benefited from a donation of £10,000 of new scientific equipment from Sawston Village College (April 13). The college donated the equipment as part of its Science Primary Liaison Project. It will be stored at the John Paxton Junior School, on Link Road in the village, but will be available to "feeder" schools as well.

42 RABBIT BOY

Firefighters freed a boy who had become wedged in a rabbit hutch in Manuden on Saturday (April 27). The three-year-old boy, who lives on The Street, had clambered half-way into the hutch before getting stuck. Fire Crews were alerted at 12.10pm and freed the toddler. Sub Officer Andrew Monk, said: "Poor little lad - he climbed into the hutch to be with the rabbits but when he got half way in, he got stuck."

41 GRAND EFFORT

Saffron Walden's Vicki White raised more than £1000 for the Willow Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust by running the Flora London Marathon for the first time (April 27). The St James Court resident had never run 26 miles before but took up the challenge in memory of two of her cousins who had died from the illness.

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