Civic Awards 2018

2018 Results

The 2018 Morpeth Civic Awards were presented at The Annual Assembly on Wednesday 18th April in Morpeth Town Hall.

The Award Winners are:

David Barker

David had been nominated for his huge personal dedication and sacrifice, influencing the health of many hundreds of Northumberland residents.  For almost 20 years he has been the driving force, through massive personal efforts, of a programme of guided walking which is free to residents.  During this time over 200 people have taken part in the scheme and over 60 are regularly active.

An important dimension to the group activity is social interaction which helps many members including those who have retired and/or lost their partners.  A major benefit of the programme is that David is fastidious in his research for the walks chosen, many of which include areas of historical interest where facts are imparted to the walkers which adds a fascinating dimension to an already enjoyable experience.

David has developed a very extensive and growing catalogue of interesting routes with a wide range of length, terrain and difficulty.  Many people make use of this information outside the confines of the regular walks.

Ken Irvine

Ken has lived in Morpeth for over 45 years, during which time he has served the community with his music making and organising of event within the town.  He has been an accompanist, enabler and performer during that period, making a huge difference to the musical experience of both young and old.

Ken has been the organist at St George’s United Reformed Church for 36 years, originally as a temporary position.  He has also been a member of the Mid Northumberland Chorus since it was formed 35 years ago, and for the past 25 years has been its accompanist and assistant musical director until he retired at the age of 84.

Ken introduced and organised outreach concerts that profiled the young musicians from the Wansbeck Music Festival, thus promoting their talents and giving them a platform from which to gain confidence and experience.  These concerts raised many thousands of pounds for charities, churches and other organisations.

Ken is an asset to the community, willingly giving his time to provide the best in music to Morpeth, encouraging both young and old to discover the joy of music whether performing or listening.

Ian Nelson

Ian is well known in Morpeth as he is often seen walking purposefully around town, waving and smiling at people he knows.  Ian’s disabilities have never stood in his way and he is a positive, cheerful and independent character.

At school he achieved bronze and sliver Duke of Edinburgh awards and this set him on the path of lifelong service in the community.  His main role is his voluntary work with the British Heart Foundation for whom he volunteers at their Morpeth shop five days a week.  In 2017 he received a commendation and gold medal from the British Heart Foundations for 10 years of loyal service.

Ian also undertakes many other voluntary activities including –

  • Helping with fundraising efforts for the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline
  • Collecting during the annual Red Cross week
  • Collecting for Marie Curie Cancer Charity during Daffodil week and the collection before Christmas
  • Helping out Morpeth Lions Club at events and collecting.

Ian is a popular figure in Morpeth, bringing out the best in people and is always willing to help.