Martin Collett has been an inspiration during the lockdown with his tireless work for the community in and around the village. So much so, that on Saturday, 11th July, as soon as we were allowed to get together - socially distanced, of course!) - residents presented him with a token of appreciation at a community gathering.
Martin Collett has lived in the same house in Chapel Road with his brother, Michael, since he was born and has been a part of our community ever since.
Martin gives virtually all his spare time to the village. If he is not cutting back hedges, he is up to his knees in the stream clearing blockages, pushing his mower along the verges or he’s out in the winter shovelling snow. For years he has been a force behind the summer fayre and, when you see his red truck parked in a gap in the hedge, you know Martin is at work, somewhere.
"Martin’s untiring example of community spirit is an inspiration to us all" said Dick Pears, a resident of 40 years. "Indeed, he his responsible, to a large extent, for our village functioning well and looking so beautiful".
The moment social distancing rules allowed it the community got together to thank Martin for his work. In fact, Martin even made and distributed the invitations and helped serve the BBQ and operate the bar! What he did not know was that there had been a secret collection around the village. "We have a nice present for you, Martin, as well as an engraved tankard from us all with our thanks", Dick announced.
He added, "Lockdown has given us all time to get more involved in community activities in the village. We have seen windflower planting along the verges, tree planting, tidying up the churchyard trees, sign and bridge scraping and painting, and the refurbishment of the three commemorative benches. The sprucing up of our disused bus shelter and its conversion into a temporary library and swap shop even made the newspapers!"
Martin Spurrier (14.08.2020)