Brian Receives a Community Recognition Award

Great Aycliffe Town Council presents another Community Recognition Award

Great Aycliffe Town Council launched their new Community Recognition Award Scheme in 2022.  The Council developed the scheme to provide a means of recognising and acknowledging the dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution that nominated individuals make to improve and promote the Parish of Great Aycliffe. 

Their most recent recipient was local resident Brian Rendell, who was nominated for the hard work he does volunteering to improve the environment in Great Aycliffe. 

Brian regularly litter-picks around the town as well as volunteering with the Great Aycliffe Tidy Team. He has demonstrated outstanding citizenship within the parish and was invited to the Council offices to be officially presented with a Community Recognition Medal and Certificate.

Photograph showing Councillor Ian Gray, Mayor Councillor Carl Robinson & recipient of the Community Recognition award, Brian Rendell and Tidy Ted
Councillor Ian Gray, Mayor Councillor Carl Robinson & recipient of the Community Recognition award, Brian Rendell and Tidy Ted

Councillor Arun M. Chandran said, “Brian spends a lot of his time walking around the town and has done so for over 10 years, covering the Nature Park, Old Railway Line, West Park, Great Aycliffe Way, Woodham Burn, on his own, collecting litter big and small.  This is all on top of other nature works he does around the town, and indeed the County, as a Durham Wildlife Trust Volunteer.  He even recycles the glass bottles, cans and foil crisp packets.  Brian is the one who found Tidy Ted and it became the Great Aycliffe Tidy Team mascot.  This is a token of our appreciation to Brian and recognition for his making this little corner of the universe just that little bit better.  Well done Brian.” 

In front of a busy council chamber with friends and family supporting him, Brian was presented with the medal and certificate by Councillor Ian Gray along with the Mayor Councillor Carl Robinson.

Councillor Gray said, “Brian has been involved as a Volunteer Litter Picker for a good number of years. He became part of the Great  Aycliffe Tidy Team three years ago. The Tidy Team work with the Town Council, who provide sacks and equipment, and remove the rubbish we find. Brian recycles a lot of the items we pick up. He helps to plant trees and other tasks to improve the green areas around the Town, such as the Great Aycliffe Way. Brian is a true Gentleman and a pleasure to work with.”

Mr. Rendell said, “Thank you to the Council for this award and all the staff for recovering and disposing of the litter we collect. I hope my actions inspire others to take part and litter pick their own areas, which I feel has already happened.”

How to nominate 

To nominate someone from the Great Aycliffe Parish for a Community Recognition Award, please get in touch by email for more details or see our Community Recognition and Award page

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