More than 90 people attended Seaford Town Council’s annual meeting.
The annual town meeting was held at the newly opened Seaford Head Golf Clubhouse.
As in previous years, the council had invited the recipients of financial grants awarded by the council in the 2014/15 financial year to attend the event. Displays were in place from some of the small grant recipients (under £500), including Cuckmere Community Bus Ltd, East Blatchington Pond Conservation Society, Mercread Youth Centre, Seaford Museum and Heritage Society, Seaford Seniors Forum, Seaford Stroke and Caring Club, Seaford Twinning Association, Waves Seaford Ltd and the Squadron Air Cadets 1218 (Newhaven).
The recipients of the large grants (£500 and over) were invited to make presentations at the meeting, with very informative and inspiring appearances from Seaford Bonfire Society, Seaford Community Partnership, Seaford Lifeguards, Seaford Musical Theatre & SMT Juniors, Seaford Rugby Football Club and Seaford Town Football Club.
The Mayor’s two charities, Waves and Seahaven Storehouse, also gave presentations on the vital work they do for the families and residents of the town.
The meeting finished on a high with the presentation of the Mayor’s Awards, for individuals and organisations that have helped support and enrich the town and its residents or have inspired others with their personal stories and accomplishments.
The recipients were Isabel Trenfield (overcoming adversity), Charlotte Woodgate (overcoming disability and charity work), Paula Woolven (services to young people through the theatre), Jenny Thornton (level of customer service and improvements at Seaford railway station), Geoff Stonebanks (promoting Seaford through his open garden and charity fundraising), Think School Travel (working for the safety of our school children), Waves (helping disadvantaged families) and Seahaven Storehouse (providing food resources and support to disadvantaged residents and families of Seaford).
2015 is the second year of the prestigious Don Mabey MBE Award; awarded to individuals who have gone above and beyond with their services to the town and its residents. This year this honour was awarded to Peter Gwillam, who among many other voluntary duties and services has been Chairman of Seaford Lifeguards for more than 15 years.
Peter said: “I will accept this on behalf of all the team.”
Seaford Town Council would like to thank Sussex Events Ltd for the use of its PA system for the event and would also like to offer apologies to Seaford Lifeguards for the technical issues resulting in them being unable to show their presentation video. Arrangements are being made for the video to be uploaded to its website.
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