Mother honoured after years of good work for Kenilworth families

Anne Brough with town mayor, Cllr John Cooke
Anne Brough with town mayor, Cllr John Cooke

An elated town volunteer is the youngest person to be given the town Award of Merit for her ongoing dedication and service to the community.

Guiding and carnival volunteer and community figurehead, Anne Brough was praised for her outstanding achievements and valuable service to the community after a lifetime giving her time to help others across the town.

Anne is chairman of the carnival committee, co-ordinator of Kenilworth Gang Show, a St John’s School governor, and is heavily involved with Guides and Rainbows, as well as helping out neighbours and residents wherever she can.

At being announced as recipient of the award at Kenilworth Town Council’s annual civic dinner, she said she was left speechless by the unexpected recognition of years of volunteering.

Speaking about the honour, the 42-year-old mother said: “It was absolutely brilliant to receive this award, and such a shock.

“I am very lucky. I have always tried to be involved in everything I can in Kenilworth and to be recognised for that is really lovely.

“I got so much out of these groups and activities when I was younger, and so it is important to give something back to make sure they keep running - it is as simple as that.

“You never do anything for the recognition, but if course it is great to have it.

“When I was given this award I was speechless, but want to thank everyone for thinking of me.”

Anne, who grew up in Kenilworth and is former St Augustine’s School, pupil has served on the Kenilworth Carnival Committee since 1998 - the year she was crowned as queen for the summer event.

She works for Warwickshire Police, and was also given as award for her dedication to her community by the Rotary Club last year.

Town mayor, Cllr John Cooke, who presented the certificate on behalf of the council, said: “This award is not presented every year and the bar is set high in order to be considered.

“Most of you will know Anne as chairman of the carnival committee - a lady who does great service for our community.

“The carnival is considered by the council to be one of the jewels in Kenilworth’s crown.

“Anne has chaired the committee for a number of years and served on it even longer.

“She works exceptionally hard all year round for this great annual event.

“Anne has great leadership skills and is the youngest winner of the award.”

Previous recipients include residents Dan Bench, Phil Highley, John Drew, Margaret Kite and Anne Werrell, who have all dedicated time and effort helping others.