Successful chapter for magazine

Community Spirit award winners Chris Wilson and Margaret Stamp, with Jenny Stone and Janet Clark from Community Lincs

Community Spirit award winners Chris Wilson and Margaret Stamp, with Jenny Stone and Janet Clark from Community Lincs

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Working together for the good of the community - that is the ethos that has made a village magazine the success it is.

Community Spirit serves the villages in the Middle Rasen and Barkwith group of Churches and recently passed the golden landmark of its 50th edition.

And with 1,550 magazines distributed each month, the team of volunteers certainly have their work cut out.

But true dedication, a focussed vision and real community spirit makes it all happen.

“I would like to thank everyone for the hard work they put to the magazine each month,” said Anne Walker, editor.

“More than 80 people are responsible for getting the magazine out and all are valued,” added distribution co-ordinator Val Wright.

“Our reward is seeing the magazine drop through the letterboxes.

An evening of celebration held in Middle Rasen Church Hall saw all the volunteers come together to celebrate their achievements.

And also on the night, two people were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the communities they live in.

Community Star Awards were presented to Chris Wilson from East Barkwith and Margaret Stamp from Middle Rasen.

As a parish councillor, Chris takes care of many projects in the village.

He cares for the village war memorial and has created and encouraged public participation in an environmental reserve.

As chairman of the village hall committee, he has been responsible for installing a new kitchen and organising the redecoration of the hall.

He also raises money for a number of good causes, including the village hall and church restoration fund, as well as being responsible for churchyard maintenance.

Margaret Stamp was honoured for her many years of hard work in her community, which has seen the whole community benefit from her kindness.

She plays a pivotal role in the life of the church in Middle Rasen and gives her time to a number of charitable causes.

“Margaret is dedicated to her community and never looks for any recognition for the work she does,” added Joyce Rhodes as she made the presentation.