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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2016

This person moved to the village in 1972 and within the year had joined the Playgroup Association, initially on the rota as parent helper and progressed to covering staff when people were away and then Playgroup Supervisor for many years.

In 1977, she became a Parent Governor (then known as School Manager) and held this post until 1985. Alongside the Parent Governor role, she also participated in school life – assisting the teacher with hearing children read and running cookery classes.

She volunteered to be bookings secretary for the Village Hall from 1992 for 8 years, had a break for 5 years and then took up the role again from 2005 to 2011.

She was the brainchild behind the recent “Awareness Day” where clubs/organizations using the village hall came together to promote the activities undertaken at the hall and alongside this, the day was also used for promoting businesses in the village. Behind the scene she worked extremely hard to ensure the day was a success, taking a significant amount of co-ordination and organisation.

She has been a member of the Parish Council since 2007 and this has involved time outside of meetings liaising with Housing Associations and visiting planning application sites etc.

She is involved in almost all Village Hall activities – the annual show, jumble sales, coffee mornings and also activities such as litter pick up sessions.

More recently, she has contributed articles to the Polden Post, providing updates for readers of notable events in the village, as well as distributing the magazine around a designated part of the village.

The library has now been up and running at the hall for 18 months and she contributed to the setting up and running of this exciting and valuable service to the village.

As well of all of this, she is a mother to 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

THIS YEAR’S CITIZEN OF THE YEAR IS CYNTHIA GALLOWAY

Cynthia receiving her trophy from Alan Sharp, the Chairman of the Parish Council.