Heritage volunteers thanked for their long serving commitment

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As part of National Volunteer’s Week, a special presentation was made to two long serving Heritage volunteers from South Somerset District Council’s (SSDC) Heritage services.

Dorothy Bark and Lorna Prudden have each given 30 years of commitment to the Museum of South Somerset and the Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC), where their hard work and time will have helped protect South Somerset’s heritage for our future generations.

Joseph Lewis, Heritage Co-Ordinator, said: “Dorothy and Lorna have given so much, in terms of time, knowledge and experience, in their areas of expertise of art and costume that we wished to recognise this achievement in National Volunteer’s Week in this special way.  I am grateful to the Volunteer Team as a whole for their consideration in marking this moment.”

Above: Long serving volunteers Dorothy Bark (left) and Lorna Prudden (right) being presented with special awards by Joseph Lewis - Heritage Co-ordinator, as part of a special thank you for their time, effort and contribution to the heritage service over the years. 

It’s thanks to SSDC’s 280+ volunteers like Dorothy and Lorna that we are able to continue to offer non-statutory services that enrich the lives of those that live within and visit our district.

Leader of the Council, Val Keitch, said: “A number of our services regularly benefit from the contribution of volunteers. Between them they deliver thousands of days a year covering everything from leading health walks, conserving our heritage, sports coaching, maintaining our footpaths and country parks, raising funds and serving patrons at the Octagon and Westlands. Here at South Somerset District Council, we value the time and effort that volunteers give to both the organisation and community.”

Those that volunteer are incredibly valuable to us. If each of our volunteers gave us one hour of time a week and were given the minimum wage of £8.21 in return, it would cost £120,000 per annum.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank each of our volunteers for contributing their time and effort to the district. Each of our volunteers is recognised, appreciated and valued by both officers and elected members alike.

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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