We were delighted to present two awards at our Parish Meeting last night.

One was a Special Award to Darren and Polly Tait of Darren’s Cars and another for Citizen of the Year to Michael Kinger.

Darren’s Cars were an enormous help to us when we ran a volunteer scheme in the Covid pandemic often helping vulnerable people get to medical appointments and picking up prescriptions and food parcels.  Whenever she was phoned, Polly always said ‘no problem’. More recently Darren’s work supporting the Ukranian crisis has been outstanding and he is planning another trip to take basic supplies to refugees.  Darren and his team have been able to help bring some families to the parish and are hoping to do this again in a few weeks time.

Michael has been involved in many community activities for a number of years: he has been secretary of Gunnislake Football Club and set up a table tennis club.  Michael has a been a First Responder for our parish and surrounding area – many local people will have been helped by Michael’s calm and efficient manner at all hours of the day and night. Whilst running the butcher’s shop in Gunnislake, both he and Hazel would go out of their way to serve the needs of their customers making deliveries and holding a Christmas fund and working long hours rarely (if ever) taking a break for themselves.

Thank you to all of you.

Pictured from left to right: Dorothy Kirk ( Cornwall and Parish Councillor ), Polly Tait, Darren Tait,  Jim Wakem (Parish Council Chairman), Michael Kinger, Hazel Kinger, Mike Greenwood (Deputy Chairman)