Top honour for Edna’s tireless work for Filton
Published on: 27 Jun 2014
By Rebecca Day
Edna Shopland is one of the thirty-seven unsung heroes to receive an award at the Chair’s Community Awards.
The awards recognise the “outstanding contribution” South Gloucestershire residents have made to their local communities.
Edna, who was president of the former Filton Women’s Institute for over 25 years, was recognised for providing opportunities for members to come together and socialise through themed monthly gatherings, day trips and breaks.
Edna is now supporting a local ladies’ club at Eden Grove Methodist Church, where women meet once a month.
She said: “I’m very delighted to have won the award. Having lived in Filton most of my life, it’s really quite rewarding.”
A special ceremony – held at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE campus on May 18 – was attended by the chair of South Gloucestershire Council, councillor Ian Boulton, along with Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and Kevin Hamblin, principal and chief executive of the college.
Throughout the evening award winners from a wide variety of backgrounds were presented with certificates by Cllr Boulton and Mr Hamblin.
Edna was unable to attend but her certificate was presented to her by Katie Donovan of Southern Brooks who had initially nominated her for the award.
Cllr Boulton said: “During my term of office it has been a huge privilege to meet many people from across our region who work tirelessly, with no financial reward. I consider it to be one of the highlights of my role to be able to honour our award winners this evening.
“These awards are a small way to recognise the importance of volunteering and to thank a few of our local volunteers for their efforts. It is clear that the winners are highly respected and admired for their work.
Mr Hamblin said: “The evening was a humbling experience and an inspiration to us all. The foundation of South Gloucestershire is built by those that commit countless hours to their community. It is important to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by so many people.”