Six unsung heroes were recognised and celebrated for their commitment to their community by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire before he hands over the mantle tomorrow.
Buckinghamshire’s High Sheriff Sir Stuart Hampson marked the end of his year in office by awarding deserving members of the community for their hard work and commitment.
Sir Stuart handed out the awards to two members of the Thames Valley Police force as nominated by Aylesbury Crown Court Judge Francis Sheridan.
Forensic collisions investigator PC Adrian White was described by the judge as an ‘outstanding expert witness’ whose careful and thoughtful observations explained how the incidents occurred and how they ought to have been avoided.
Family liaison officer PC Kate Bishop was praised for her work in supporting bereaved families from the harrowing moment they are told, right through to the difficult court process and beyond. The court regularly receives letters of thanks to PC Bishop for her efforts in helping families come to terms with their loss.
Sir Stuart chose four community stalwarts he felt deserved recognition after coming into contact with him during his year of service.
The first was Lt Col John Shearer, Army Cadet Force’s commanding officer for Buckinghamshire, has been in the role for more than 25 years and the award recognises his commitment to the county’s young people, aided by 180 volunteer officers and instructors.
Lt Col Shearer offers training opportunities to more than 550 young cadets spread throughout Bucks, enhancing their leadership skills and giving both boys and girls the chance to take part in challenging adventure activities while mixing with each other.
Third generation Scout leader Dr Simon Aulton was commended for his active example of community leadership as Chairman of Cheddington’s 1st Scout Group.
Simon leads 30 adults and 150 youngsters on a range of activities which make a positive impact on the community, such as supporting sheltered housing, keeping the village tidy and cultivating plant boxes.
Suzanne Hopkins, headteacher at Aylesbury Music Centre, was chosen for successfully embracing the centre’s recent independence from Bucks County Council and continuing to provide musical opportunities for youngsters in the form of lively orchestras, jazz bands, choirs and more. Thanks to Suzanne, the young musicians also had the chance to perform live on stage at the Waterside Theatre back in March.
The Kop Hill team of Princes Risborough were selected for their display of professionalism and volunteer spirit after reviving the traditional classic car event five years ago following an 80-year gap. Since then, the team has raised more than £200,000 for worthy causes.