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RCT Good Citizen Awards

The inaugural Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards, held at the Park & Dare Theatre, celebrated those individuals who make a valuable contribution to their communities and to the lives of others. 

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Barry Stephens JP and his wife Barbara, presented the awards, which now become an annual event, with nominations coming from the public. 

The ceremony was opened with a performance from Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda, with a solo performance from head girl Chloe Wilson, 18, who has just secured a place at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. 

The 2016 Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards were hosted by BBC Wales broadcaster and entertainer Frank Hennessy. 

Mayor, Cllr Barry Stephens JP, said: “The Mayor’s Good Citizens Awards are all about giving recognition to the many residents I have met during my year of office. 

“It also gives us the opportunity to recognise the sterling work of those nominated by other councillors and members of the public, who, on a daily basis, go out of their way to help their communities, charities or causes close to their hearts or who have achieved a remarkable achievement in a particular field.  

“These individuals make such a positive difference, with no thought for personal gratification, and these Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards give us the chance to show each of the recipients just how much we value the contributions they make to our County Borough.” 

The recipients of the 2016 Good Citizen Awards are as follows: 

Service to the Royal British Legion

Stan Power

Service to the Royal British Legion

Kenwyn Bailey

Services to Older People in Rhondda Cynon Taf

William Hopkins

Services to Older People in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Brenda Williams 

Services to Older People in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Lynda Corre 

Services to the Communities of Heol Y Mynydd and Foundry Town

Pat Close

David John Reynolds

Sarah Ann Murphy

Barry French 

Services to the Community of Beddau

Olwen Chislett 

Services to Local History and Education

David Francis 

Services to Services to Fostering in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Ken and Yvonne Mason

Mike and Christine Fletcher

Morgan and Rita Southway

Peter and Joan Crisp 

Services to Charitable Causes

 Marilyn Lowes

Cathy Osman

Ian Cooper

Brian Fear 

Services to Animal Welfare in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Eileen Jones 

Services to the Welsh Hearts Charity and Dai Fib Appeal

David Healy 

Services to the Community (Ferndale Roots)

Cathrine Silver 

Services to the Community of Treherbert and District

Clive and Christine Sheridan 

Services to Brynna Junior Football Club

Mike Hughes 

Services to Bryncae Community Centre

Robert Hughes

Services to Elderly and Infirm in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Hannah Clatworthy

The 2016 Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards was closed with a special performance from local resident and West End and Broadway star Sophie Evans.

Having made her stage debut as a young child at the Park & Dare Theatre as the lead in the musical Annie, Sophie said she was both delighted and honoured to have been a part of this special day.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council also conferred the Freedom of the County Borough upon Mathew James as part of the day’s proceedings

Mathew survived the terror attack in Tunisia in the summer of 2015 and used his own body to shield fiancée Saera Wilson from a hail of bullets.