New Forest residents who are regarded as ‘diamonds’ in their communities were given the chance to sparkle at a special celebration recently.

New Forest District Council’s Chairman Cllr Alexis McEvoy hosted a reception to honour local individuals who really make a difference because of their tireless work within their community. Two New Forest couples who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this year also attended.

The celebratory event held at NFDC’s offices in Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, was a great success. Cllr McEvoy paid tribute to the dedicated individuals nominated by their town or parish council.

Some of the “diamond efforts” included organising local community events, running day care and clubs, fundraising for charities, supporting the local schools and churches, Guides and Scouts, and work as a GP, a litter picker and the editor of a village magazine.

Cllr McEvoy presented a certificate and an NFDC glass paperweight to:

Mr Gordon Fillis (Ashurst and Colbury); Mr and Mrs John Chester (Brockenhurst); Mrs Jeanne Wilde (Burley); Karina Stone (Copythorne); Brian Gradidge (Copythorne); Mrs Marigold Jordan (East Boldre); Mrs Doreen Hosey (Fawley); Mr Stephen Roper (Hale); Mrs Sue Herd (Hyde); Mr Stan Wade (Hythe and Dibden); Mr John Lovell (Marchwood); Mrs Pam Pulfer (New Milton); Mrs Maggie Kimberley (Sandleheath); Dr Gordon Hickish (Sopley) and diamond anniversary couples Mr and Mrs D Heslop and Mr and Mrs Mayo.

Cllr McEvoy said: “I am delighted to be the council’s Chairman during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and I was keen to mark the occasion by recognising the dedication and hard work of these very special people who are regarded as ‘diamonds’ in their own communities.

“The New Forest should be very proud of these selfless individuals who enhance the quality of life for others and provide services which make their communities a nicer place in which to live.”

The diamond reception was also attended by the chairman’s consort, her husband Mick; the council’s vice-chairman, Cllr Christine Ford; NFDC Leader Cllr Barry Rickman and NFDC chief executive Dave Yates.