SPC and SCA say a 'Big Thank You' to Saltford's volunteers - Saltford Parish Council

Saltford Parish Council (SPC) together with Saltford Community Association (SCA) hosted a ‘Big Thank You’ event on Friday 1 March 2024 to recognise the valued efforts of volunteers in the village.

Around 100 residents gathered at Saltford Hall to hear speeches from SPC Chair Cllr Jon Godfrey and SCA Chairman Richard Evans, both who are in their first year at the helm of their respective organisations.

Immediately prior to the ‘Big Thank You’ event Cllr Jon Godfrey led the Saltford Annual Parish Meeting. Draft minutes of the Saltford APM will be shared on SPC’s website and noticeboard. During the APM, Cllr Godfrey highlighted the excellent work of both Saltford Sports Club and Saltford Community Association. Cllr Godfrey thanked the executive team at both local organisations for their contribution to the community. (Please see the APM draft minutes for more information, to be published on SPC’s Meetings – Agendas & Minutes page c. 1 week following the event).

At the start of his ‘Big Thank You’ speech, Cllr Jon Godfrey highlighted the volunteers who had supported SPC’s Norman Road phone box project over the past year. Local residents were thanked for caring for and watering the phone box flowers, as supplied and installed for free by Flourish at Glenavon Farm. Lee Bignell, CEO at Mobius Works, and members of the Mobius team were also thanked for their work installing the phone box for free. Cllr Godfrey also expressed appreciation to the owner of the Bird in Hand and The Crown pubs in Saltford, who had offered to fund and install a defibrillator on the side of the Norman Road phone box (this is pending National Grid connection works).

Cllr Godfrey went on to highlight the achievements of two groups SPC had awarded funding to over the past year, the SCA’s Santa Sleigh Team and the Saltford Santa Dash. Both teams had raised considerable sums of money for local charities through their efforts, as well as bringing much festive cheer to the village during the festive season.

As 2024’s Big Thank You marked the first of the current Saltford Parish Council (as elected in May 2023), Cllr Godfrey expressed his thanks both to those who had served on the previous Council as well as the many Councillors who continued to serve on SPC during its current term. In particular, Cllr Godfrey raised attention to SPC’s current Councillors ‘very positive culture and a wide breadth of skills and experience’. He went on to acknowledge the support of Cllr David Halton (SPC Vice Chair) coupled with the knowledge and tireless work of Cllr Phil Harding (SPC Chair of Planning Committee), drawing attention to their work seek landscape protection and designation for ‘Saltford South’.

SPC Chair Cllr Jon Godfrey ended his speech by thanking B&NES Ward Councillors for Saltford Duncan Hounsell and Alison Streatfeild-James for their monthly reports, attendance at SPC meetings, information sharing and positive working relationship with SPC. Finally, Cllr Godfrey thanked everyone in the village who donated their time to Saltford for the good of the community.

Saltford Community Association Chairman Richard Evans also gave a well received speech to those present, thanking many of SCA’s active volunteers by name. This included key volunteers at SCA who had led the association’s welcome to Ukrainian visitors to Saltford and their host families, and members of the fantastic teams who run the SCA’s ‘Saltford Community Coffee Club’ and ‘Sunday Afternoon Tea’ events (see p.6 in the latest edition of SCAN for details about SCA events).

Mr Evans also gave detail about recent changes at SCA’s Management Team, and expressed his sincere thanks to those that had recently stepped down following many years of giving their time to SCA. Residents mentioned included Prof. John Davies, who had served as SCA Chairman, Peter Dando, Joan Ball and Chris Essex (‘AKA Mr SCA’ as described on the night!) following 14 years as SCA Treasurer (it was mentioned that Chris Essex would continue as a SCA Trustee).

SCA’s new fundraising committee and SCAN team were also thanked by Chairman Richard Evans, as well as the excellent efforts of the Saltford Festival team ahead of this year’s event in June.

Mr Evans ended his speech by thanking the many volunteer teams that SCA work closely with, including the Santa Sleigh team, Santa Dash, Saltford Tennis Club, and Saltford Sports Club, all of which demonstrated the varied and active spirit of the Saltford community.

Chairman Richard Evans then thanked everyone for attending, and those present enjoyed a meal, drinks and dessert at the event which was enjoyed by the many in attendance as a great chance to engage with other volunteers in the community. Following the event. Mr Evan’s shared that the Big Thank You had been a ‘successful evening with lots of valuable conversations, chatter and networking too’.

SPC and SCA express their thanks to everyone who came along. Photos below were taken on the evening.

Photo L-R: SPC Chair Cllr Jon Godfrey and SCA Chairman Richard Evans

SPC and SCA were pleased to welcome around 100 guests at the Big Thank You 2024

Some SPC Councillors present prior to the start of the event. L-R: Cllrs Andy Rice, Phil Harding, Jon Godfrey, David Halton and Dudley Bartlett.

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