The winner of the first Hay on Wye Citizen of the Year award is John Evans. John was one of four prominent members of our community who were nominated for this years award. The others were Malcolm Eager, Kelvyn Jenkins and Trish Kiddle. Emile Daw John’s nominee, said this
"John Evans has done so much for the town, never expecting anything in return. John is the most supportive and generous spirited person, irrespective of who he is dealing with, and has the interests of the town and mostly the people within it, as his driving force"
Among John's many voluntary roles around town have been 16 years as the Hay Markets Director, 12 years as the chair of the Hay Chamber of Commerce and 10 years as Director of the Hay Cheese Market Community Enterprise.
As you can see John has not been reluctant to work for the good of the citizens of Hay over many, many years.
Malcolm Eager was nominated by Sharon Stayley:
“Every time we see Mal he’s doing something good for the betterment of the town. In addition to his job description, if you see anything detrimental to the town’s appearance he will fix it whether it is litter, weeds or minor repairs he does this selflessly and a without expecting reward. He is helpful and approachable and many people rely on him. He is an unsung hero.”
Mal too has clearly not held back in his role as a good citizen of Hay
Melanie Owen is equally forthcoming about Kelvyn Jenkins:
“Hay is dear to his heart and he’s a genuinely caring about its inhabitants welfare. He is a very loyal and carries out duties will and responsibilities conscientiously and with dedication.
He does not let people down and is reliable. He is a catalyst for change and is excellent getting results and achieving his objectives. He works tirelessly and selflessly for the community and I believe is a model of a good citizenship in Hay.”
Trish Kiddle was nominated by Sue Campbell and Deb Gillingham
Trish was nominated for her work with the Hay Day Cafe whose aim is to
To enhance the well-being and dignity of people with a dementia (and associated conditions) and their carers.
Sue and Deb had this to say :
“ Hay Day Cafe is a lifeline for sufferers of dementia..for them and their families “
“ My mother , a Hay resident, has dementia, and the care, friendship and regular outings have always been a godsend to her and her family. I am sure many families in Hay must feel the same.
We should be proud of these wonderful local heroines and heros
The award winner was given the opportunity to donate £100 to a local charity of their choice, John chose the North Weir Trust and presented the cheque to Tim Pugh of the Trust.
Our many congratulations to John and grateful thanks to all those who nominated, the nominees and all that came to the awards ceremony.