Pillars of the community nominated for Welwyn Hatfield Times Lifetime Achievement award

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 May 2018

The late mayor Lynne Sparks. Picture: supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Council

The late mayor Lynne Sparks. Picture: supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Council

supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Council

Four stalwart individuals have been nominated in the Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards for a Lifetime Achievement.

Noel Kelly. Picture: supplied by Monk's Walk SchoolNoel Kelly. Picture: supplied by Monk's Walk School

The category recognises people who have, over the years, made significant contributions helping improve others’ quality of life.

That’s certainly the case for our 2018 nominees.

Deputy headteacher Noel Kelly, who is retiring this year, has spent 42 years teaching pupils at Monk’s Walk School in WGC.

His service is so long that he has taught the grandchildren of some of his older pupils.

Pauline Jones, cook at Haven Homeless Shelter in Stevenage. Picture: supplied by Haven Homeless ShelterPauline Jones, cook at Haven Homeless Shelter in Stevenage. Picture: supplied by Haven Homeless Shelter

He regularly organised the school trips to First World War sites.

“His way of supporting students from challenging backgrounds and behaviours has been life-changing for so many, and so many have so much to thank him for,” said his colleague Sophie Elmore.

“His kindness and wisdom have helped so many staff grow over the years.”

Applecroft School in WGC also benefits from the long-term dedication of Maryrose Mead, who has worked in the school nursery for 22 years.

Maryrose Mead, who works at Applecroft School. Picture: supplied by Applecroft SchoolMaryrose Mead, who works at Applecroft School. Picture: supplied by Applecroft School

Parent Vikki Wake said: “My daughter was in her nursery class last year and loved Mrs Mead.

“She has dedicated her life to Applecroft and the children in her care.”

Vikki added that kids particularly remember her for the thoughtful gifts she gives them, such as little crocheted chicks she makes for them at Easter.

Former Hatfield resident Pauline Jones has been nominated for her 23 years of work as a cook at Stevenage’s Haven Homeless Shelter.

Maryrose Mead, who works at Applecroft School. Picture: Siân GardinerMaryrose Mead, who works at Applecroft School. Picture: Siân Gardiner

Clare Jones, who nominated her, said: “As well as being the cook she lends a supporting ear or gives a friendly hug and has become an ‘adopted mum/auntie’ to those who need it.”

Pauline has always taken aspiring chefs at the shelter under her wing, giving them essential training in the route into employment.

The WHT has also received a posthumous nomination for the late Lynne Sparks, mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, who passed away suddenly in February.

Charity boss Joe Heeney, who nominated her, said: “Everyone will know the work of Lynne, but they won’t all know the thousands of hours she put into everything she did.

“Lynne was a friend to people who wanted to make a difference.

“She was the epitome of what a public servant should be all about.”

To nominate someone for a Community Award, see www.whtcommunityawards.co.uk.

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