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Pride of the Forest Awards 2014: Readers' Choice

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

Alan Purvis

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There's less than a month to go before the Forest of Dean’s biggest community champions are crowned.

This year, for the first time, the Citizen is backing the annual Pride of the Forest Awards run by the district council.

Nominations have been pouring in for the numerous categories and the chosen few will be revealed at a glittering do in Whitemead Forest Park on May 16.

And there’s one category we needed your help in - the Citizen Readers’ Choice Award.

A poll was set up on our website and hundreds of votes were polled.

In the running is Alan Purvis. He is known as ‘Mr Redbrook’ and was nominated by Daphne Pearson. She said: “It is said that no-one is indispensable, but Alan Purvis truly is so. Nothing is too much trouble for him to do. He is a prime mover behind the Luncheon Club, setting up tables for the lunch at 5am if he is on a day shift and unable to do so later. He will deliver leaflets, sell raffle tickets, organise events, all with a willing smile. The village would be lost without him.”

Drew Pratten, a leading member of the anti-badger cull movement, is another in the running.

So too is Scott Passmore, a conservationist who works “works 24/7 for the benefit of the Forest of Dean’s wildlife” according to his nominator.

Alexa Forbes is another who’s been nominated for her work against the badger cull.

Maria Norwood, from Tibberton, is another.

Jane Horne nominated her and said: “If you want an example of what can be achieved by a small band of dedicated people you only have to look at the fundrasiers for Tibberton Village Hall, the kitchen needed refurbishing and the dedicated band of individuals led by Moria Norwood.”

Finally, Graham Spearman. He was also nominated by Jane Horne, who said of him: “Graham has worked tirelessly for the youth of the Forest.

“When he was a paid youth worker he gave over and above the hours he was supposed to work.

“When youth services were very much retired and almost non-existent Graham set himself the task of volunteering to help keep everything going.”

The poll is now closed.

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