BCAF stalwart honoured with Chairman’s award

Long-serving Burbage Community Arts Festival (BCAF) volunteer Laurence Wilkins has been honoured with the Parish Council Chairman's Community Award for 2019.

Mr Wilkins has been a leading member of the BCAF team for the past two decades, serving as chairman for more than 10 years, a role from which he has only recently stepped down.

The Chairman's Community Award is presented annually to an individual whose efforts have made a positive difference within the parish.

Speaking at a presentation ceremony at the Annual Parish Meeting in March, Council chairman Cllr Stan Rooney, said: "Twelve years ago BCAF was on the point of folding and Laurence Wilkins took it upon himself to become chairman, a role he has just relinquished.

"BCAF is a great event in our village - I don't know that many villages have the benefit of an arts festival of this level.

"Nobody could deserve this award more."

Mr Wilkins was presented with a framed certificate to keep, and the John Moore community vase, named in honour of a former Parish Council chairman, to hold for a year.

Thanking the Parish Council for the award, Mr Wilkins took the opportunity to remind people that tickets for all BCAF 2019 events (3rd to 18th May) were now on sale from the group's website www.bcaf.net

Posted: Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:12 by Parish Council

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