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Mayor Richard D'Arcy Presents County Council Award to Mrs Sylvia Pleasants

Wednesday 17 November 2010, 18:16
By John Baxter

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Sylvia Pleasants receiving an award from Mayor Richard D'ArcyMonday evening was an important occasion for Mrs Sylvia Pleasants who is someone who is very well known in Wincanton and who has served the community in many ways.

Sadly she had been unable to attend last month's ceremony held by Somerset County Council at Taunton Rugby Club where chairman John Edney had presented similar awards, however Richard D'Arcy brought the award back and so was able to present it to Mrs Pleasants in front of the Town Council which was certainly fitting.

Richard told the Window that it had been him who had nominated Sylvia Pleasants for he has known her and been impressed by her for many years. Born in Wincanton in a house in South Street where she still lives only three doors away, she went to school at Wincanton Primary in the days when it was the main school in the town. Her community service started during the Second World War when she was a member of the Air Raid Warning Team. At much the same time she started door to door collections for National Savings. Later she became Secretary to the Governors of her old school, serving in this role for 21 years.

Her husband Ted was a keen gardener and when he died in 1987, Sylvia continued to be involved in the running of the Wincanton Gardeners' Association as Secretary for another twenty years.

Always a member of the Parish Church, Sylvia has been Electoral Role Secretary for 30 years and remains chair of the Social Committee. Recently she has also been honoured for her 50 years of membership of the Mother's Union and the Women's Institute.

On receiving her award she said she felt really honoured to have received the award, but added that she did not like to publicise the things she does and is quite happy to be a "silent worker."


Posts: 1
Reply #1 on : Wed November 24, 2010, 13:16:38
If anyone deserves to get a community award it is certainly Sylvia. She is an example to us all to get involved in our local community
Stafford Low

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