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The Essential Guide’s Volunteer of the Year 2017 is…

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  • Mo
04Sep

Maureen Chatburn

Maureen works tirelessly throughout the year in Woolston park, and keeps the other volunteer Friends on their toes! She excels when organising the annual Woolston Show, ensuring that the Show every year is a success. She always welcomes new volunteers with a cuppa and a big smile!”

“This is for all the volunteers,” says Maureen, proudly holding up her trophy. “It’s not just me, it’s a team effort.” Maureen is referring to the Friends of Woolston Park, of which she was a founder member. She was nominated as the Essential Guide Unsung Hero, in the Volunteer category, and is a worthy winner.

Friends of Woolston Park is a small but dedicated group of volunteers, who work in the park throughout the year. Maureen facilitates the meetings, organises regular volunteer days and works hard all year round in the park.

Although the group is supported by Woolston Parish Council, it operates with a very small budget, and relies on donations and grants. The highlight of the year is the Woolston Show, which has taken place on the first weekend of September each year. “We always need more volunteers,” says Maureen, who books the arena acts and organises the stalls.

On her ‘days off ’ from Woolston park, Maureen collates articles for the Church of Ascension newsletter, is an active member of her local WI and enjoys being a member of a local art group. She was also an active resident representative on the East Neighbourhood Board, until it was recently disbanded.

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