A community stalwart has been praised for his efforts in volunteering and helping to restore a village hall in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Pete Wilkinson, a local councillor and also the owner of the Raddle Inn in Hollington, has been nominated for a ‘Make A Difference’ Award for his volunteering work at Hollington Village Hall.
A community stalwart has been praised for his efforts in volunteering and helping to restore a village hall in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Pete Wilkinson, a local councillor and also the owner of the Raddle Inn in Hollington, has been nominated for a ‘Make A Difference’ Award for his volunteering work at Hollington Village Hall.
Pete told the Times & Echo: “During the Covid pandemic last year, I sent around a discovery leaflet to see if everyone still wanted the village hall and the consensus was that they still wanted it.
“With it being run down and changes needing to be made, I decided to form a new committee and claimed the money from the issues of Covid-19 and because I’m on the parish council, I was able to get £16,000 from that.
“I also claimed from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council the disability facilities grant and got £15,000 to make the hall more disabled-friendly and accessible.”
Telling us about the reasons why he decided to carry out the volunteering for Hollington Village Hall, Pete said: “I want to make a difference in people’s lives and bring the hall back to life for people, which I’m very pleased about.
“The reward from doing it is bringing positivity to people’s lives and that brings me a lot of satisfaction.
“Especially with Covid, people wanted some more positivity after all of the lockdowns we’ve had and all of the tragedies that we’ve seen due to that and other circumstances.
“People just want a bit of positivity with how things are and I hope that I’ve helped with that.”
Janet Cooper, who nominated Pete for the award, said: “Pete is such an active member of our community.
“Thanks, to his dedication and positivity, we now have a beautiful village hall.
“He has been able to get the community to come together once again, and for that, I am thankful and believe that he is truly deserving of this award.”
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