Special recognition for contributions to life of Buckingham

Ros Hutt. Picture by Brian Simonds
Ros Hutt. Picture by Brian Simonds

Two Buckingham residents received a special honour at the town’s mayor making ceremony on May 24.

Ros Hutt and Stephen Townsend were both made Friends Of Buckingham for their contributions to the life of the town. They were each presented with an engraved silver salver by mayor of Buckingham Ruth Newell.

Stephen Townsend. Picture by Brian Simonds

Stephen Townsend. Picture by Brian Simonds

Miss Hutt, who worked for Bucks Social Services for 35 years until retirement, is secretary to the local Age Concern/Age UK group. She has been a volunteer for the group for 26 years and is also a befriender.

She is a trustee of Project Street Life and helps at its homework club.

She has been a member of Well Street United Church for 26 years and is involved in hospital visiting and befriending. She regularly helps out at the church’s weekly toddler group and supports the services at Hamilton House care home.

On retirement, Miss Hutt became a volunteer at Buckingham Hospital, serving the teas three afternoons a week.

She is secretary to Community Care North Bucks.

Mr Townsend is involved in many town organisations.

He is a trustee of Well Street United Church.

Through meeting former curate Claire Wood, he became involved in the Chapter One housing project, which now owns six houses for housing potentially homeless local families.

Mr Townsend serves as a board member for the local Citizens Advice and Surestart Children’s Centre.

He was a key figure in developing the Swan Community Hub.

With his wife Jill, he set up the weekly Buckingham Job Club, and he has been involved in bringing the Milton Keynes Credit Union to MK18.