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Ryde Town Council recognised the huge, often voluntary, contribution made to the town by honouring a number of local residents and community organisations at a special awards evening on Wednesday (16th January).

The awards enabled Ryde Town Council to publicly thank those who go the extra mile within the town’s community.

Earlier this year there an invitation was issued for locals to nominate those who make a difference to life in Ryde.

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Councillor Malcolm Ross, Mayor of Ryde, has said:

“Thank you to all of the people who give their time to ensuring Ryde is a wonderful place to live and show what a very caring community we are”.

The successful winners are as follows:

• Tina Maretic from Jigsaw Family Support
Tina has been awarded for her efforts with Jigsaw Family Support, a community based organisation, by helping children grow in confidence, encouraging relationships between broken families, providing services to help with domestic and sexual abuse as well as mental health issues, plus much more.

• Gwen Camis
Gwen has been awarded for leading the ‘Friend 2 Friend’ group at the George Street Centre for over 12 years, helping retired and more vulnerable members of the community attend to ensure those within our community do not become isolated.

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• Peter Bourne
Peter has been awarded for his hard work within the community through his role as the Managing Trustee at Garfield Road Ryde Methodist Church, and for leading ‘The Meeting Place’, a drop-in centre for people with a learning disability, as well as running a Dementia Support Group.

• Zoe Thompson
Zoe has been awarded for her work as the chair of Ryde Business Association, helping micro-businesses in Ryde thrive all year round, as well as attracting visitors to the town through events.

• Michelle Cullen
Michelle has been awarded for her volunteer work with Aspire Ryde; always going above and beyond what would be expected of a volunteer. She has completed a British Sign Language course to help hard-of-hearing service user and also works with the youth to motivate them to have a positive community outlook.

• Carol Jaye
Carol has been awarded for her work with Ryde Arts, an organisation that bring together Art groups all year round to hold events and programmes helping stimulate tourism within Ryde, alongside supporting local artists.

• The Veteran’s Breakfast Club
The Veteran’s Breakfast Club is a group who meets on the first Sunday of every month to support and aid Veteran’s and their families. The volunteers have been awarded for showing constant enthusiasm and passion for the club.

• Ryde Library
Ryde Library is a central community hub for people of all ages. The staff and volunteers have been awarded for their welcoming and helpful nature, keeping a community hub alive and fully functioning for all service users.

• Ryde Inshore Rescue Service 
Ryde Inshore Rescue, an independent Lifeboat station based in Ryde, have been awarded for their constant effort to keep members of our community safe through all times of the year.

• Ryde Carnival Committee
The Carnival Committee have been awarded for their constant hard work behind the scenes to ensure the best carnivals take place.

• Aspire Ryde
Aspire, a safe space and community hub, have been awarded for all of their outstanding community work. Offering a range of groups and services, their sessions meet the needs of the whole community.

Ryde Town Council would like to thank everybody who attended the Honours Awards this year, as well as all who submitted a nomination.


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