June Davenhill celebrates Civic Award

A Pelsall woman has won a Civic Award for her musical work within the village.

June Davenhill won the Walsall’s Creative Spirit award in recognition of her “true musical inspiration”.

She was one of nine people/groups to be recognised in Walsall’s seventh annual Mayor’s Civic Awards, affectionately known as the Doras.

The awards ceremony at Banks’s Stadium gave the borough’s unsung heroes their turn in the limelight.

June, aged 74, was recognised for “natural gift for bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together and nurturing their talents”.

She inspired many youngsters during her time as a primary school teacher and has been running the Pelsall Ladies Choir for more than 40 years.

She has recently established the Pelsall Primary Partnership Choir which brings the village’s three schools together as one to perform at local events.

The award, sponsored by Chamberlin plc, was a total surprise to June.

“I was absolutely amazed,” she said. “I feel very humble.”

Popular historian, broadcaster and author Professor Carl Chinn hosted the event and paid tribute to all the hard work shown by both the winners and runners-up.

The Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Gary Clarke, said: “We are so lucky to have individuals who live and work in our borough who show commitment and dedication but whose good work often goes unnoticed.

“I am delighted that we are able to recognise and celebrate their achievements.”

Other worthy winners were:

The Neighbourhood Safety Award, sponsored by John Laing, was given to the Hi’s n Low’s organisation led by Tracey Gibbs and Phillip Mason from St Paul’s Church, Walsall.

Walsall Citizen of the Year Award was sponsored by whg and was won by Julie Rafiq of Delves.

Seventeen-year-old Reece Thornton, from Walsall Wood, scooped the Young Walsall Citizen of the Year award sponsored by Mitie.

The Overcoming All Odds Award sponsored by Barhale was won by Greta Walker, of Walsall.

Hill International sponsored the Walsall’s Outsanding Sporting Achievement Award which went to runner Glyn Marston, from Darlaston.

Tarmac sponsored the Improving Walsall’s Quality of Life Award which was given to Madeleine Holland of Caldmore.

Husband and wife Jackie and John Whitehouse scooped Walsall’s Green Award after being nominated by Councillor Ian Shires.

The couple have been involved with the Friends of Rough Wood since it was set up earlier this year.
The Mayor presented a special Mayor’s Award to The Prince’s Trust Team 120 based at Pleck Youth Centre.

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