Penryn stalwarts join list of Saracen Award winners
11:30am Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
Two more Penryn stalwarts joined the growing list of Saracen Award winners this week after picking up their gongs at a special ceremony.
The awards, which have been described as “Penryn’s version of the OBE”, recognise residents that have made a valued contribution to community life and Julie Tucker and Rosemary Webber, both of Saracen Way, were the winners this time round.
Julie has been closely involved in the setting up and organisation of the Saracen Tenants’and Residents’Association, running the fundraising “Saracen Bingo” and helping older people socialise.
Town mayor Gill Grant said: “What is extraordinary about Julie is that she will always put others before herself.
“There are friends and neighbours who depend on her and she puts their needs before her own personal needs and those of her family.”
Rosemary was selected for an award for the work she does in helping the elderly in their homes, taking them to medical appointments and visiting and telephoning to check on their welfare.
She has also been caretaker to the Methodist Chapel for a number of years and is an organiser of festivals, a member of Mabe Ladies Choir and the Penryn Federation of Old People.
Mrs Grant said: “What makes Rose so special and a worthy recipient of the Saracen Award is her ability to reach out and care for others around her.
“With a small band of helpers she arranges a monthly lunch for elderly people in return for a moderate donation. People who attend receive a hot meal and the opportunity to socialist in the cosy Methodist Chapel backroom.”
Both recipients were highly praised by town councillors, who noted their commitment to Penryn and their unwavering support for the community.
The Saracen Awards have been presented every two years of late, but due to the number of worthy candidates in last year’s nominations, Mrs Grant took the unusual step of announcing a further round of awards last year.