THREE Ringwood residents have been recognised for their many years of service to the community. 

Certificates of Outstanding Community Service were presented to Peter Crutcher, Phil Doughty and Reverend Terry Roberts at Ringwood Town Council's Annual Town Assembly on May 11. 

Peter Crutcher has served the town for more than 40 years as a member of Ringwood Town Council, was twice chairman of New Forest District Council as well as being the long-term chairman of Ringwood United Charities.

The award also recognised his support of local events through providing public announcement facilities.

Phil Doughty was honoured for his service as a standard bearer at Remembrance and other events in the town. 

Reverend Terry Roberts' award was in recognition of his "exceptional contribution to Remembrance and honouring the fallen of the parish". 

The citations read: "We loudly applaud your valuable and sterling service whilst thanking you most sincerely."

Town mayor, Cllr Tony Ring, who was unable to present the certificates in person, said: “Having played a part in this Council Merit Award initiative I am very sorry to miss this auspicious occasion when we honour three very worthy Ringwood residents for their contributions to our community over many past years.

"Peter Crutcher through his various business interests and personal commitment has supported many town functions and charitable events for more decades than many of us can remember.

"Terry Roberts, always supported by Phil Doughty, has for many years carried out much, much work in organising successive remembrance and commemorative functions for our town. The much praised and frequently noted Gateway Memorial lantern has quickly become a focal point and is testament to a legacy for past, present and future generations.

"I am therefore very pleased to tell Peter, Terry and Phil that their efforts are truly appreciated and congratulate each of them on the award of a Certificate of Merit on behalf of the Council and the community at large.”


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