October and November saw the residents of East Leake Voting for their Community Award Winner for 2020.
This award is given in recognition of people or groups who have made a significant contribution to village life during the past 12 months. Previous winners have been Mel Roper, Kevin Shaw and Canada Oatey. This year saw the highest number of votes cast.
Usually, the trophy would be presented during the village Christmas lights switch on, but Covid meant that couldn’t take place this year. The winner of the East Leake Community Award 2020 is
Maggie joined East Leake Community Care in the 1980s. She then became Chair of Community Care in the 1990s and has for over 40 years worked tirelessly for the benefit of the local community.
She was instrumental in setting up the Bereavement and Befriending groups but is also greatly involved in the Memory Cafe, Afternoon Tea and the Luncheon Club, all of which have been important support to local people.
During the Covid-19 pandemic she has continued to support vulnerable residents by arranging shopping deliveries and even dog walking. During this time, she has also had frequent contact with people within her groups to make sure that they have no urgent requirements.
Throughout these activities she has retained a sense of humour and fun and has a very persuasive manner in attracting other volunteers to help out in the various groups.