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Council holds Citizens of Honour Awards

May 14, 2017

Jim Vaughan, Rachel and David Carter and Graham Taylor with their awards

The Council recognised the excellent community work of four local residents by conferring them with a Citizen of Honour award at the annual Mayor Making ceremony.

The Citizen of Honour awards are given by the Council every two years in recognition of long and exceptional service for the community.  In total 55 awards have been presented  since 1986.  They receive a Citizen of Honour badge and certificate.

In 2004 David and Rachel Carter set up a small support group for parents of children with autism and Asperger’s in mainstream schools. This group has grown over the years and in 2005 was recognised as the Eastleigh & Winchester branch of the National Autistic Society, which now covers the whole South Hants area.  The Branch offers advice, support and activities for hundreds of individuals, families and professionals. They now have nearly 500 members and support well over 100 families. David was recognised with an MBE for his work.

The couple also set up a teenage youth club, working with Friends of In Touch, which coincidentally is one of the Mayor’s charities this year. It supports emotionally and socially vulnerable children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions.

Graham Taylor has consistently worked for the good of others in a range of demanding and time-consuming voluntary roles. These include serving as a member of the management board at The Bridge Education Centre in Eastleigh and over 50 years of work within the scouting movement where he achieved the movement’s highest accolade, the Silver Acorn.

He has worked for more than 40 years at Wyvern College as the longest serving member of its governing body, and also its chair. He has been nominated for a regional governors’ award and was instrumental in the College’s achievement of community status. He also found time in his very busy schedule to serve as a Justice of the Peace for over a 26-year period.

Jim Vaughan has been a voluntary sector leader in a variety of roles for over 46 years, covering many aspects of life in the Borough, with a particular focus on youth activities.

He formed the Senators Marching Band in 1984 and also played a leading role in delivering two excellent youth facilities in the area: The Nightingale Youth Centre and The Pavilion on the Park.

Jim was Chair of Trustees for the Eastleigh Youth and Community Trust for many years and also worked tirelessly as Chairman of Eastleigh District Scout Council. He was a deserving recipient of an MBE for services to education in 2001 and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016, one of only three in Hampshire.

Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Mo Sollitt, said:

‘I’m delighted that one of my first duties as Mayor was to bestow Citizen of Honour awards to four such deserving recipients as David, Rachel, Graham and Jim.’

On the same night the Council also recognised Colin Davidivitz for his long service to the Borough and awarded the status of Honorary Alderman.  He received a badge and a certificate.

Photo caption Jim Vaughan, Rachel and David Carter and Graham Taylor with their awards

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