Chairman thanks Dunster devotees

Dunster was the spectacular backdrop for a service of thanksgiving hosted by the Chairman of Somerset County Council on Sunday 6 November.

The event brought the residents of Dunster together to celebrate a number of people who have dedicated themselves to making a difference to their community.

The Chairman, Cllr Christine Lawrence, was joined at the thanksgiving event by choristers and musicians from Dunster School and West Somerset College at The Parish and Priory Church of St. George.

Three awards for service to the community were presented during the event, to people who dedicate their time to serving the local community.

  • Mark Bell, Gail Smythe and Richard Oaten work hundreds of voluntary hours each month as the leaders of the Somerset West Volunteer Police Cadets. They work all over Somerset, and at all sorts of hours, benefiting the community, and improving public safety
  • Peter Hoyland has given 30 years of service to the village of Dunster and its children. He has been committed to education in West Somerset for a very long time and hundreds of children have benefited greatly from his care and concern. He even does early morning runs into the woods on a Friday as part of his “Keep the children fit campaign”
  • Dr Ian Kelham has built and staffed two brand new doctor surgeries in rural areas of West Somerset in the last ten years or so. One was completed this year in Dunster and the first one was built in Porlock. Ian is a determined and resourceful man, and many people will benefit from the impressive facilities that he has built

Cllr Lawrence said: “It was an honour to recognise these devoted individuals for the impact they have had on their communities.

“Thank you to everyone involved in making the event a success, and most of all thank you to the incredible people that I presented with awards.”