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Services to Farnham Awards

How to nominate somebody for a prestigious Services to Farnham Award and previous recipients.

About the awards



Presentation of the awards

Recipients of Services to Farnham Awards


About the awards

Once a year, we give Services to Farnham Awards to people who provide an outstanding or crucial service to the community or the people of Farnham. The awards medals are kindly sponsored by Sir Ray Tindle of the Tindle News Group.


Nominations are welcome from local organisations and from members of the public.

To nominate somebody you know, please complete the Services to Farnham Award nomination form.


The deadline for nominating somebody for a Services to Farnham Award will be the end of November 2019.


A small panel of people consider the nominations and put forward their winning selections to a meeting of the Full Council at the end of January.

Presentation of the awards

The winners are invited to receive their awards at a special ceremony in February. This normally takes place on the last Monday in February. The Mayor of Farnham presents the awards.

Recipients of Services to Farnham Awards


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor David Attfield presented medals to:

Dr Martin Angel

For services to the environment and biodiversity

Dr Martin Angel has made an outstanding contribution in helping others to better understand and conserve the natural environment of Farnham. As a volunteer he has used his abundant energy and professional expertise as a biologist to methodically identify and record the flora and fauna of the town’s green spaces, building up a comprehensive picture of their rich biodiversity. One of Martin’s key achievements has been the recording of 900 moth species in the area (one third of the total UK moth population) including a number of rare specimens.

As well as playing a key role in the Farnham Rivers Group and the Bourne Conservation Group he shares his knowledge with a wide range of community groups including local scout and beaver groups and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates.

Martin Angel is an exceptionally active volunteer who has devoted years to recording and sharing knowledge of Farnham’s natural environment and fully deserves recognition for his achievements.


Dr David Brown

For services to healthcare in Farnham

Dr David Brown was fundamental in the creation of the first integrated care team in the locality based within Farnham Centre for Health. As a passionate and strong ambassador for Farnham, and with vast experience of local needs he has strived to create a community health service which is distinctive within the broader National Health Service.

As a talented leader, he has gone well beyond his role as a long serving GP and been exceptional as a positive advocate for collaborative working to deliver a shared vision for the benefit of patients.

David Brown is a charismatic and dedicated clinician with an exceptional ability to think outside of the box which is matched by his drive to provide the highest standard of community medicine and new and better ways to deliver effective community health care for the benefit of all who live in Farnham.


Rachel Deadman

For services to Farnham through dance

Rachel Deadman has been an inspirational leader in The Dance Movement since 2006 with a passion to help people in the community to connect through participation in dance. The Dance Movement, started as a not-for profit dance organisation and is now a registered charity organising dance programmes to inspire and empower people to improve their lives through artistic expression.

Rachel specialises in the provision of bespoke group classes to those not usually able to access dance classes including socially disadvantaged children and teenage boys. Rachel’s contribution has brought a unique dimension to Farnham in Bloom with relevant and focussed performances on the judging route. In her spare time, Rachel is also studying for an MA in Dance.

Rachel Deadman deserves recognition for her leadership and infectious enthusiasm that has engaged the wider community and ensured Farnham is on the map for community dance.


Philip German

For services to Farnham through scouting

Philip German has been the District Commissioner for Farnham Scouts for over eight years having been Chairman of the Scout District Executive Committee for Farnham for many years previously.

Under his leadership the numbers of scouting youngsters and leaders have risen and welfare, training and morale have increased also. Working alongside a dedicated team of volunteers and supporters Philip will leave a lasting legacy for Farnham with a rejuvenated Garner’s Field Activity Centre following a major fundraising campaign.

In his spare time, Philip is an avid tuba player playing with the Alder Valley Brass band for 40 years and the award winning Friary Brass band, where he has also served as a trustee for over 20.

For his exceptional contribution to scouting in Farnham, Philip is truly deserving of a Services to Farnham Award.


Iain Hunter

For services to the Farnham Royal British Legion

Iain Hunter has been Secretary of the Farnham Branch of the Royal British Legion for almost ten years helping the branch to run efficiently. He has done many tasks in the background including fundraising for the poppy appeal, and co-ordinating the arrangements for the main Remembrance Sunday Parade in Farnham.

In 2016, with Debbie Hunter and the branch, he initiated a brand new event to remember the end of the Second World War (VE/VJ Day) and to raise awareness and funds for the poppy appeal.

As Parade Marshall since 2010, Iain has been the key contact with Farnham Town Council and all the organisations participating in the Remembrance Parade. During this time the number of organisations and their representatives and the public participating has increased significantly.

Iain deserves the Services to Farnham Award for the exceptional way he represents the Royal British Legion. He is a dedicated and committed ambassador for the Farnham Branch and much deserves recognition for his contribution.


Polly Murray

For services to Farnham through music

Polly Murray founded the Full Circle Vocal Group in 2009. The choir has brought together members of the community in Farnham and surrounding areas giving people of all ages a chance to get together, sing, socialise and raise money for charity.

As a not-for-profit group, Full Circle gives back to the community, through a long-standing friendship with the Woodlarks Centre and charitable events for a range of charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, World Water Day and Amnesty International.

Polly has gone above and beyond being just a choir leader, extending her value to the whole community by offering an environment where friendships are easily forged. Since the group started numbers have increased from six to 35.

In setting up the choir and leading it for ten years Polly has made a positive impact in Farnham and been a real inspiration to others.


Valerie and Douglas Nye

For services to the community in the Bourne

Valerie and Douglas Nye have jointly given outstanding service to Farnham, especially in The Bourne.

Together Val and Doug have been actively involved in a number of vital local projects such as the installation of a defibrillator on The Bourne Green and the transformation of St Martin’s Hall into a well-managed and thriving centre for the community. They have been staunch members of The Bourne Residents’ Association since 2005. Val has been chairman since 2012 and has ensured, by her own example and industry, that the association plays an active part in the local community at a time of considerable change.

As key contributors to The Bourne Beautification project they have helped enhance the approach into Farnham via the A287 road with new signs and floral displays, and by picking up litter, cleaning signs, weeding and watering flower tubs and baskets on a daily basis.

Val and Doug have devoted themselves to the well-being of their local community and have earned the full respect of residents for their considerable achievements. Their endeavours richly deserve recognition through the Award for Services to Farnham.


Catherine Powell

For services to the environment

Catherine Powell has been the community’s principal champion for the past decade in working to secure the appropriate restoration of the Runfold quarry and landfill site.

Catherine has voluntarily given unstintingly of her time and energy and, as a qualified environmental engineer, has brought a level of expertise way beyond the capability of any other community representative. As a result of Catherine’s exceptional efforts, the community has continued to make its voice heard for the best landscaped restoration of an extensive and sensitive site.

Catherine Powell has been an inspiration through her selfless and energetic work on behalf of the community and much deserves recognition for her exceptional efforts and achievements.


Marion Stagg

For services to Farnham Scouts

Marion Stagg was instrumental in forming the first Colony of Beaver scouts in Farnham in 1986 and is Farnham’s District Beaver Scout Leader and has held a leader’s warrant continually for over 31 years.

Marion works tirelessly supporting all of the Beaver scout leaders and 200 Beaver scouts in Farnham, helping form new colonies and training new leaders but still finds time to serve as a regular helper at the Farnham Scout shop and for many years she ran the Scout Fellowship.

In addition to her Scouting role, Marion is a founder member and trustee of Building Brighter Futures, a local Farnham based charity which supports two schools for disadvantaged children in Uganda.

Marion is cheerful and helpful and at ease with both children and adults. She is a dedicated leader, a great ambassador for Farnham Scouts, and a worthy recipient of the Services to Farnham Award.


Marion Stockley

For services to sport

Marion Stockley has been a dedicated and effective contributor to sport in Farnham for over 20 years.

During this time, the work of the Farnham Sports Council has grown and developed and Marion has been the administrative force behind the scenes, serving as Secretary for over 17 years.

Not only has she organised and minutedmeetings but she has also been an attendee and supporter of all the events organised by the sports council, including the Farnham Community Games and the annual Farnham Sports Awards to the benefit a wide range of people in the community. Marion is also a long-standing helper and trustee of the Stella Hancock Carriage Driving for the Disabled organisation.

Marion is a great example of a hard working, diligent and dedicated volunteer who has done much to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Farnham.


Bill Whittenbury

For services to the Air Training Corps in Farnham

Flight Lieutenant William (Bill) Whittenbury has been a member of 229 (Farnham) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) since 1982. Bill has completed over 50 years ATC service with 36 of those years supporting Cadets in Farnham, serving in a number of roles including Squadron Warrant Officer and twice as Commanding Officer.

Bill has always put the Cadets first – enabling them to have a broad and varied range of different experiences over the years and many young people from Farnham have benefited under his leadership by developing skills such as self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, leadership, tolerance of others, self-discipline, respect, integrity and a sense of service.

Bill has always engaged other organisations in Farnham with a view to further enhancing the Cadet experience and encouraging the cadets to give something back.

There is no doubt that Bill has been a great example as a leader and has made an immense contribution to Farnham through his dedication to its young people.



The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge presented medals to:

George Alford 

Alexa Barrow

Janet Fraser 

Mavis Golding 

Maureen Grew

Keith Harris

Robert Hockey

Richard Horton

Elizabeth Meade

Roy Waight

Ian Wilkins


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward presented medals to:

John Boas

Pam Easey

Susan Farrow

David Gill

Roger Hobbs

Carol McFarlane

Peter Sauter

Peter Seager

Sue Weaver

Susan Wells


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mrs Pat Frost presented medals to:

Martin Billett

Stewart Dakers

Brian Gravestock

Vera and Allan Maxwell

Joanna Michaelides

Gilly Stewart

Diane Vasey

Robert (Bob) Verner-Jeffreys


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jeremy Ricketts presented medals to:

Phil Alexander

Roy Beard

Robert Blackman

Linda Bone

Anne Boyman

Peter Buckingham

John Collins

John Ely

Alan Gavaghan

John Green

Peter Greenyer

Geoffrey Jeal

Margaret Kitney

Diana Martin

David McAdam

Darryl Morgan

Noel Moss

Edward Peek

Michael Prinsep

Ivy and Reg Skeet

Gavin Stride

David and Gillian Victor-Smith


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Paddy Blagden presented medals to:

Michael Beale

Roger Bradley

Peter Brinsden

Jan Clark

Simon Farrant

David Fisher

Brian Greig

Sue Hepburn

Jonathan Jones

Peter Matthews

Michael Yeadon


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Stephen Hill presented medals to:

Ian Carter

Meg Daniels

Audrey Gotting

Eric Goulding

David Graham

Sue Gravenell

Ken Powell

Nicky Staszkiewicz

Derek Wall

Marion Wall

Geoff Wallis

Rosemary Wisbey


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jill Hargreaves presented medals to:

Keith Aston

Jo Aylwin

Elisabeth Butters

Bill Cushen

Gloria Dyche

Maggie Groves

Lionel Knight

David Lambert

Steve Newport

Eve Price

Olive Silver

Tracy Thayre

Diane Thomas

Phil Thomas


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward presented medals to:

Elizabeth Bagnall

Ina Barzotelli

Sheelagh Greentree

Michael Hayter

Henry Liu

Jean Parratt

Berni Schoenberg

Mick Sturgess

Kevin Taitt

Cyril Trust


The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Lucinda Fleming presented medals to:

Mike Barter

Joyce Belcher

Leslie Binfield

Michael Blower

Sue Bowness

Brenda Broomhead

Roger Burge

Chris Elton

Nellie Hawkins

Carol Holman

Mike Holman

Jean Hurst

Brian Kurton

Dr Pat Lambert

Dennis Pratt

Mike Probert

Bryan Sell



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