Donation to volunteers who weathered storm

Diamond Jubilee in South Northants - Queen Tribute
Diamond Jubilee in South Northants - Queen Tribute

VOLUNTEER groups who weathered the storm during the Jubilee celebrations are to be thanked by donations from Brackley Town Council.

On Monday evening members of the council’s finance committee agreed to give £150 to the Brackley St John Ambulance and £100 to the Brackley Rotary Club for the services they provided during the June celebrations.

The donations were agreed as councillors were given the final financial report on the celebrations by councillor Peter Rawlinson. Just over £15,000 was spent by the council, mostly on a celebration dinner and a Queen Tribute concert. Events generated £7,938 of income, and the council still holds £3,000 worth of commemorative medals emblazoned with the Brackley crest. Mr Rawlinson said with an initial budget of £5,000, they had £1,000 shortfall.

Mr Rawlinson said the Jubilee working party wold now be wound up but members would retain control of how to dispose of the remaining medals.

Councillor Theo Hayward questioned whether the donation was justified, given the medals yet to be sold, the economic climate, and the fact the groups did not expect payment.

Mayor Chris Cartmel said: “I agree they were not expecting anything, but they weathered the storm, and took nearly £300 on the gate at the concert.”

Cllr Blake Stimpson said: “People have said to me it was a good celebration, of course the weather was bad, but we did something and that was the right thing to do.”