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Janet King and Jenny Pengelly

Worthy winners - Janet King, left, with Melton Mayor Pru Chandler and Jenny Pengelly with their Awards of Merit.

Unsung heroes rewarded

Three members of Melton Mowbray Team Parish are celebrating after receiving awards at a special presentation evening on Monday night (April 8th).

The trio - Jenny Pengelly, Janet King and Carol Parker - each received an Award of Merit in this year's Mayor's Awards.

Janet King and Jenny Pengelly, church wardens at St James’ Church, Burton Lazars, were applauded for being ‘unsung heroes’ who give their time and energy to improve outcomes and help others in the community; are caring and compassionate to talk to in times of need and have opened up a greater role for the church in the lives of those living in the village.

They have played a key role throughout the £200,000 refurbishment programme at St James’ Church, which provides chancellery facilities, better access, including wheelchair access, toilet facilities, storage, heating, kitchen, water, drainage and a quiet room for counselling and a meeting place. The refurbishment affects the whole village and residents to the south of Melton and other villages.
 
Carol Parker is a volunteer playgroup leader at Come and Grow at Thorpe Arnold and Samworth Centre Pram Club. She works tirelessly to provide outstanding baby groups for the community, said her nomination, runs two groups, plus highly successful weekend events (such as craft afternoons and family sessions) to bring families within the community together.

She provides invaluable support and shows great generosity to all; is a shoulder to cry on, joy to laugh with and is far more than a playgroup leader. She is 'one in a million' and an asset to the town.

Carol was licensed at the Called Together service in Leicester Cathedral in October as a Pioneer Minister based at Thorpe Arnold.  

*Nominees for the awards were put forward for recognition by councillors and residents.

 

Volunteer playgroup leader Carol Parker who was also given an Award of Merit.

 

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