SIX local residents were honoured by Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council at a civic award ceremony that acknowledged their individual outstanding service in the community. The awards, following nominations approved by the town council, were presented by the Mayor, Cllr Steve Bucknell, at The Wiltshire Hotel.

David Alstowe, Ciaran Alstowe and Niall Alstowe each received an award for their excellent endeavours in arranging the successful sprint triathlons that in recent years have boosted the funds of worthy charities.

Mrs Ann Godfrey was honoured for her sterling work in organising Contact the Elderly groups in Royal Wootton Bassett and in Swindon for 43 years. Contact provides monthly tea parties in the homes of volunteer supporters, as well as occasional special events, for elderly people who may have very little other social contact.

Mrs Joan Indge’s award acknowledges her long service as an inspirational leader in the Scout movement since October 1976 and her continuing weekly involvement.

Ben Howarth received the award for his selfless act of bravery and heroism in rescuing his neighbour from a blaze in his home.

Cllr Bucknell said “I am delighted to present Civic Awards to Ciaran, Niall, David, Joan, Ann and Ben in recognition of their contributions to our community, whether these were over many years, in the face of personal tragedy or as individual acts of bravery.”

Each has enhanced the quality of life locally, the Mayor said, and he praised the commitment, sacrifice and energy of all the recipients.

Coun Bucknell said: “Each of us should ask ourselves what can we do to make a positive contribution to our community, as the winners of these civic awards have done.”