Melton Borough Council

Mayors Awards

2017 winners

Local unsung heroes recognised in the Mayor's Awards

At a special afternoon tea reception hosted by the Mayor at the Melton Market Banqueting Suite on 26 April 2017, local volunteers from across the Borough were publicly recognised for their contributions to the community.  The formal presentation of the awards took place during the Full Council meeting which followed and was witnessed by the worthy winners’ family, friends and nominators.

In presenting these awards, the Mayor, Councillor David Wright  said: “It has been a busy year as Mayor during which the Mayoress and I have met some very inspirational individuals and organisations, I cannot think of a better way of ending my Mayoral year than by rewarding these remarkable people who have all shown such selfless commitment to our Borough and the communities within it.”

The list of winners are:

Mayors Award of Merit

Flight Lieutenant Dan McGlynn - Officer Commanding 1279 (Melton Mowbray) ATC

  • Has given his time voluntarily to supporting the youth of the Borough through the Air Cadets which runs 2 nights a week and at weekends
  • Only squadron commander in the area to be currently running two squadrons at once which demonstrates a huge amount of time and commitment
  • Works extremely hard to ensure the cadets access every activity they can, spending considerable time to help them fill out forms and organising activities for the squadron
  • Since he took charge of the squadron, numbers of cadets have doubled which is down to his hard work and enthusiasm
  • Goes out of his way to help and support the other squadron staff
  • is also a member of the South and East Midlands Wing First Aid Training Team who give training to cadets across Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, and Northamptonshire.

Mr Robert Wilson and Mrs Pat Wilson - Chairman of the Royal British Legion Melton Branch and President of the Keswick Ladies Club

  • Have given over 50 years of voluntary service between them to the local branch of the Royal British Legion and the Women’s section
  • both show selfless commitment to others in carrying out their voluntary work supporting others without complaint in all weathers and in the face of adversity
  • Their work supports the elderly ex service people and their families have a sense of belonging and helps keeps them occupied

Brenda Cox - Vice-Chairman of the Royal Air Forces Association Melton Mowbray Branch

  • Has given 50 years of voluntary service to the community
  • She is instrumental in the running and continued existence of the Melton RAFA branch and club
  • Organises many different events for primarily the ex service personnel in the club which raises money either for the club or for the Wings Appeal
  • Her work with the Wings Appeal brings about more diverse forms of help such as welfare support and help to rehabilitate injured airmen
  • Continues to tirelessly support others

Melton Mowbray Drop In Club (Gloucester House)

  • Chairman, Doug Goss, and the Committee members (retirees) provide a Drop In Club for over 55s which was started many years (decades) ago.  The Club is supported entirely by voluntary help
  • The Club provides friendship, companionship and support to alleviate loneliness and has about 60 members
  • Ensures that any new members are welcomed and included; at every meeting birthdays are celebrated
  • Organises coach trips out subsidised by a weekly raffle
  • Provides support to those who have been widowed, often after many years of marriage, and helps those members to move forward at a very difficult time.

Gordon Spence - Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Hose and Harby Branch

  • Has been Chairman of the RBL Hose and Harby Branch for 23 years during which time he has given voluntary service
  • Is an enthusiastic fund raiser for the Branch and the local community
  • Organises many social events which are greatly enjoyed by those in the surrounding villages
  • Has contributed to the creation and maintenance of the 6075 Squadron Memorial on Langar Lane as well as helping to maintain Harby Memorial floral displays
  • Has supported the Poppy Appeal as a collector for a remarkable 50 years in the area where he was born
  • Is proud to serve his Branch and Community

 Melton Borough Award

Gates Garden Centre (Nigel Gates) - Garden Centre business and restaurant

  • Family run business for over half a century which has grown from a garden centre into a restaurant, gifts and clothing retailer
  • Has become a tourist attraction, bringing in money to the local economy and provides employment for local people
  • Provides indoor and outdoor play areas for children so appeals to people of all ages and is accessible for the disable
  • Organises annual fund raising event for a nominated charity both at the garden centre and elsewhere.  Has been supporting charitable causes for over 20 years
  • Nigel Gates’ vision has created a successful and ever expanding business popular not just amongst local people but also brings in visitors from much further afield

Young Citizen Award

Michael Baker - Volunteer at Bottesford Youth Club

  • Runs tuck shop and encourages young people to take part in many sports activities, including football, basketball, badminton and volleyball
  • His voluntary contribution to the club frees up valuable staff and other volunteers’ time and without his help it would be difficult to operate the club
  • He takes part in many indoor and outdoor activities with the young people and is very efficient in the way he interacts with them
  • Helps out at local village fetes to raise funds for the youth club
  • Brings a lot of joy and fun to the youth club members and team, is always busy and gets on with his jobs without hesitation

Ellis Nicholls - Member of Melton Young Farmers Club

  • Works incredibly hard for Melton Young Farmers Club including all the organising work for the annual dinner
  • Contributes to the fund raising by the club; this year nearly £3,000 was raised for cancer charities
  • Makes a significant contribution to the work for the club which provides young people aged 10 to 26 with opportunities for social activities, meeting new friends, and learning lifelong skills.

Joe Smith - Scouting

  • Having joined Scouting as a cub aged 8, he has spent 10 years as a youth member, , and 4 years as a young leader helping out at a cub pack on a weekly basis
  • Has since taken on a full adult leadership role and helps out as a canoe instructor
  • His voluntary contribution supports the Scouting movement to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society
  • Is studying to become a Chef and recently won the Teflon Diamond Standard Award for Aspiring Student Chef but despite this time consuming schedule, he still finds time to help scouting.

The 'Robert Hyslop Citizen of the Year Award' to the most outstanding of the Award of Merit nominations

Brenda Cox

The Derek Sanders Cup to the outstanding Young Citizen nomination

Ellis Nicholls


 Mayor Awards 2017


Front row, left to right: Joe Smith, Mayor, Cllr David Wright, Mr & Mrs Robert Wilson, Mr Doug Goss and a  member of Melton Mowbray Drop In Club (Gloucester House) 


Back row, left to right: Daniel Gray from Melton RAFA (representing Dan McGlynn and Brenda Cox), Michael Baker, Nigel Gates, Ellis Nicholls, Gordon Spence 

 Mayors Awards 2017
       The Mayor with Flt Lt Dan McGlynn                       

 Mayors Awards 2017


  Brenda Cox receiving her award from Mayor Councillor Tejpal Bains in July 2017

 Mayor;s Awards 2017


Mayor, Cllr Wright with Most Outstanding Young Citizen Winner, Ellis Nicholls