Cup awarded for hard work in community

The winners of the Fred Sims Cup were announced
The winners of the Fred Sims Cup were announced

Two Sandy groups will share an award for their outstanding work in the community.

The Fred Simms Cup was awarded to Mike Reynolds , 77, who is the chairman of the Sandy Historical Research Group and a prominent member of several sports clubs in Sandy.

The Fred Simms Cup will be shared between two organisations

The Fred Simms Cup will be shared between two organisations

The Cup was also awarded to Roy Smith and Chris Butler of the King’s Arms Angling Club for their tireless charity work.

Chair of the club Roy said: “We are pleased to have been recognised as we have raised money for eight years.

“We have raised somewhere in the region of £25,000 for Sue Ryder, St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger. It is very nice to be recognised for our work.”

Similarly Mike Reynolds was delighted to receive the Cup.

He said: “I’m so old now that nothing tends to surprise me but it was a shock. I’m a bit shy and not really one for publicity but I am pleased to have won.

Mike is the president of Sandy’s cricket club, a member of the Bedfordshire FA and the treasurer of the bowls club.

The King’s Arms Angling Club have over 100 members and they offer free membership for children.

For more information on the club you can visit www.kaac.org.uk

Roy said: “We are a friendly club who meet every month in the pub. Ultimately we are as much a social club as we are an angling club.”

The cup was donated to the east Beds community by Fred Simms, who was the Biggleswade Chronicle’s editor for over 30 years until his retirement in 1980.