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Barbara is recognised for work in centre

Barbara Bannister and Cllr Paul Hopfensperger.
Barbara Bannister and Cllr Paul Hopfensperger.

A committed community centre volunteer was presented with a scroll of honour for her contributions and hard work.

Barbara Bannister, from Bury St Edmunds, was awarded the St Edmundsbury Councillor accolade for her efforts in the day to day running of Newbury Community Centre.

Councillor Paul Hopfensperger presented his second and final scroll of honour to Mrs Bannister, in a speech at the end of the new Newbury community project board meeting.

Mrs Bannister said: “I was gobsmacked, very surprised honestly.

“I don’t do it for the money, I enjoy doing it.”

Mrs Bannister organises the day to day running of the community centre which is the venue for dance clubs, fêtes, poker nights and charity events.

Cllr Hopfensperger said: “Barbara took over as Chair, and I think it’s fair to say it was, and I think still is, a tough task, but she has guided the centre through thick and thin to get us to the exciting position we find ourselves in today.”

Mrs Bannister helped to organise a fête and disco which celebrated 50 years since the centre was built in 1968.

The two events raised £1,000 for the centre .

Cllr Hopfensperger said in his speech: “I can assure you, both were just amazing. The fête in particular, really showed the strength of community spirit which prevails on the Howard Estate.”

Mrs Bannister said she had got involved with the centre by accident after chatting to the previous chair, Ivy Goodman, one day.

She takes bookings, deals with the finances and deals with any problems.

Cllr Hopfensperger added: “Her commitment to the existing community centre and helping deliver a new centre is un-wavering, and so therefore, I would like to give her a small token of my appreciation to show how grateful the community is for her loyal service.”