You may remember that earlier this year the council invited members of the public to nominate those residents 'who they feel work tirelessly to help improve the quality of lives for others' for consideration for a Community Award.

Round the borough 150 people were nominated; that list was winnowed down to a final 28 who included two East Twickenham luminaries:

  • Helen Baker, chair of the Friends of Cambridge Gardens and leading light in organising the East Twickenham Summer Fair and other events in the Gardens; and
  • Perminder 'Pindi' Tamana, chair of the East Twickenham Traders' Association and long-time Twickenham Rotary Club member and committee member, and of course proprietor of T Group Fresh Foods on Richmond Road.

It's great to see their effort being recognised!

Award winners were invited to a celebratory event on 21 September, where I understand the bubbly was flowing. Below is a photo of Helen receiving her certificate from Lord True, leader of the council. Pindi wasn't able to get to the event, so there's no matching picture of him. If you want to see the full list of winners, you can find it here.

The council have also been putting their money where their mouth is. They are keen on the idea of 'villages' within the borough and of listening to what residents want. They set up the Civic Pride Fund as a way of giving small-ish grants for local projects and organisations that are doing good things for the community. And they've given £1,800 to the Friends of Cambridge Gardens, on behalf of the East Twickenham Group, to help fund our annual programme of events. So you can look forward to more fun and bigger and better events!


 30 September 2013