Search on to reward Leeds suburb’s unsung hero

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Jude Arbuckle, town council chairman with winner Hilary Taylor and proposer Barbara McLaren of Horsforth Live at Home scheme.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Jude Arbuckle, town council chairman with winner Hilary Taylor and proposer Barbara McLaren of Horsforth Live at Home scheme.

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The search is on to reward a Leeds suburb resident who has helped to brighten the lives of others.

Members of Horsforth Town Council have launched their annual search for nominations to find this year’s Horsforth Good Citizen.

They are looking for someone to scoop the award who has helped to transform the area they live in and changed the lives of other residents.

Any Horsforth resident can be nominated for the accolade and they must be backed by at least two sponsors.

They need to outline their reasons about why their nominee deserves to be recognised for all of their hard work.

Town clerk Tom Ferry said: “The person’s contribution to Horsforth and its community is the criteria.

“This can be in any field whether managing or organising.

“It can be an individual helping others by providing a service in the community or an individual representing an organisation helping others by providing a service in the community.

“It really tries to capture everything that makes a difference in the community no matter how small it appears or how large.”

Last year’s award went to a former English teacher who started off her new life in retirement by making bacon butties for elderly residents.

Hilary Taylor, who has lived in the town for over 52 years, is now involved in nearly a dozen local groups.

Speaking after being presented with the accolade she said: “It was a great honour to be recognised for my work and I am really pleased about it.”

Geoff Poad received this year’s award for his outstanding contribution and work at to Horsforth Museum.

Nominations for the Horsforth Good Citizen Award can be made from now and all the way through to January 3 next year.

Successful nominees will be presented with their certificate at Horsforth Town Council’s meeting in January.

Sponsorship forms are available by contacting the town clerk at Horsforth Town Council, Mechanics Institute, Horsforth, LS18 5BL or contact 0113 258 0988.

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