As part of the borough-wide Calderdale Council Citizen Celebration Award, the people of Calder ward recently nominated the people they felt have undertaken outstanding voluntary work over a long period, who have contributed to improving and making a difference in their community and, or, have been an exceptional neighbour.
The awards were established by the council to celebrate the contribution people make to their communities - but only one could go through from Calder to the Calderdale-wide Citizen of the Year Award later in the year.
There were three nominations for the ward: Raymond Riches; May Stocks; and local historians Frank Woolrych and Ann Kilbey, and all have now received certificates of appreciation, said upper valley neighbourhood co-ordinator Jae Campbell.
The nominations said: “Ray has been an active member of the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre since 1968 and during that time he has been producer, director, actor and a keen promoter of the theatre.
“ When he was a teacher at Calder High School, in 1978, he resurrected the Pace Egg play which is performed every Easter around the district.
“Ray is actively involved in producing documentary films showing the various and beautiful walks in the district Pathway to Local Walking.
“May has owned the Highgate Farm Shop on the Pennine Way at Heptonstall for 40 years and in all that time has always been a friend to all she knows.
“As part of her role as the only shop owner above Heptonstall she has helps both young and old.
“She delivers daily to many of the elderly people, but just doesn’t drop off their order, she goes in, checks they don’t need the doctor, makes them a cup of tea, puts their lunch in the oven, etc.
“She always has time for everyone and anyone.
“Frank and Ann have been working in the community for many years mainly using local history as the means by which to engage people.
“They established Pennine Horizons; the local history aspect of the project is to tell the story of our local landscape by producing trails and a digital archive.
“Frank and Ann have been training volunteers for the last two years and thousands of images have been scanned in. This year, including the locally well-known Alice Longstaff Collection, they have begun to put them online.”
Jae said that made for a difficult choice for the local ward councillors - in Calder they are Janet Battye, Ali Miles and Dave Young - and after much deliberation, May Stocks was chosen to represent the ward.
The councillors said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the nominees as they all deserved to win.”