Sheila receives Active Long Service Award

Louth woman Sheila Williets has been presented with one of the John Barker Trophies - The Active Long Service Award. She is pictured with Brian Luckwell. EMN-140310-143741001
Louth woman Sheila Williets has been presented with one of the John Barker Trophies - The Active Long Service Award. She is pictured with Brian Luckwell. EMN-140310-143741001

A woman from Louth who has spent 32 years of her life volunteering has been awarded with the John Barker Trophy 2014 Active Long Service Award, organised by Community Lincs, for her dedicated service.

Sheila Williets, 82, was completely shocked to receive this year’s award.

“This award came completely out of the blue for me, I had no idea,” Sheila said.

“I was absolutely delighted to have received this active long service award.”

The John Barker Trophy was formed to celebrate and recognise the work of those volunteers who give their time and effort to manage and maintain community buildings.

Sheila has spent her years cleaning, tidying, and being the main keyholder, locking and unlocking the doors of St Michael’s Church Hall for people holding their activities there, doing this seven days a week.

Sheila added: “I have spent my years cleaning and tidying the hall, taking the bookings, running the bingo and unlocking and locking the doors for the many groups who use the hall. “But for me, running the playschool there for 19 years was my happiest time.”

She was nominated for the award by Brian Luckwell.

Sheila has now hung up her keys following her recent retirement and hopes to be able to have a bit of “me time” during the evenings.

“I would like to thank Brian for nominating me and his wife Sylvia for always being there for me throughout my time at St Michael’s Church Hall.

“Also thank you to all of the church members who have supported me.”