This year’s Annual Parish Meeting at the Memorial hall turned out to be a very special affair as a large number of residents turned out to pay tribute to Tom Hogg as he was presented with lovely framed certificate under the Community Award Scheme sponsored by the Kent Association of Local Councils.
The certificate, presented by Mr. Ray Evison, Chairman of KALC, is designed to acknowledge the exceptional contribution made by individuals to their communities. Tom was one of the first to be proposed by his Parish but many more will follow suit across Kent later in the year.
Tom’s wife, Gillian and many of his friends and supporters had somehow managed to keep the award a secret and Tom was clearly overcome when Parish Council Chairman, Patrick Thomas, announced that he was the unanimous choice in view of his long-standing service to the Community.
Tom served as Chairman of the Hall Committee from 1999-2013 and during this period managed to oversee its restoration from a semi-derelict building to its current position as the vibrant hub of the Village. Equally at home badgering local authorities and businesses for grants, or scrubbing the kitchen floor, his unique contribution was also acknowledged last year with a brass plaque in the Hall.
This most recent award, also takes into account Tom’s service on numerous Village committees, his devotion to teaching local children to play chess and his contribution as a School Governor.