Sheriff award for chairman
PUBLISHED: 13:49 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010
A TIRELESS servant to the community in Thaxted has been rewarded for 15 years of service to the village youth club. Ray Williams, chairman of Thaxted Youth Club won the Essex Police Cup at the Essex High Sheriff Awards evening in Bocking last Wednesday. T
A TIRELESS servant to the community in Thaxted has been rewarded for 15 years of service to the village youth club.
Ray Williams, chairman of Thaxted Youth Club won the Essex Police Cup at the Essex High Sheriff Awards evening in Bocking last Wednesday.
The Essex Association of Boys Clubs' development officer Gerry Smith nominated Mr Williams saying he thoroughly deserved to win.
"It is almost embarrassing to walk down Thaxted High Street with Ray and witness the constant greetings from people of many ages, all past members of the youth club," he said.
"He is only concerned to represent the club's best interests and has never sought praise for his untiring work."
The club, which meets at the village football pavilion, is set to move back into the Old School House in Park Street in November, following a £250,000 redevelopment project.
"Ray, and the committee, have been extremely busy over the last year in raising funds to rebuild their youth centre, which is falling down," said Mr Smith.
"No matter what problems he or the committee faced, from illness to funding rejection, Ray was and is always prepared to go the extra mile to help.
"Helping and willingness to assist and deliver real benefit for the young people are Ray's traits, but as important is his determined and friendly approach to unfailingly open the club week-on-week, year-on-year."
The father-of-four was presented with the award by the High Sheriff of Essex, Christopher Stewart-Smith, and Essex Police Chief Constable, Roger Baker.
Mr Stewart-Smith said: "The presentation is a great chance to let people know about the wonderful work that is being done by the voluntary sector throughout the county."
- HOME-START Uttlesford, which promotes the welfare of families with at least one child under five-years-old, was also recognised at the ceremony, along with 32 other charities from across the county.