Kind-hearted Carol is estate’s star

08:00 15 September 2012

Carol Lewis is presented with her Love Thy Neighbour Award by Jenny Cowling of J Cowlings.

Carol Lewis is presented with her Love Thy Neighbour Award by Jenny Cowling of J Cowlings.

Archant

Neighbourly good deeds make big difference to Forches community.

A SMILE, a friendly ear, and a dedication to her community that goes far beyond the call of duty are all in a day’s work for kind-hearted Carol Lewis.

Carol, from Barnstaple, has been recognised for the vital role she plays on the Forches estate after being nominated for a North Devon Gazette and J Cowlings Love Thy Neighbour Award by friend and colleague Mandy Chapple.

Centre manager at the Forches Community Association, Carol’s involvement in her community is also felt in the Forches communal gardens, where she works hard making sure the garden runs smoothly.

“She spends all of her spare time there ensuring the garden produces fruit and veg for people in Forches and the surrounding areas to buy,” said Mandy. “She also goes on courses to educate herself to be a great gardener.”

Carol also helps run a Saturday club for seven to 11-year-olds and regularly organises community get-togethers – the latest being a Big Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

“All her tireless work keeps Carol so busy but she still manages to do sponsored walks for cancer charities that are very close to her heart,” added Mandy.

And when winter took its toll on the estate’s roads last year, Carol not only telephoned the council to ask for some grit, she then got her shovel out and spent all day treating the paths so people could get to the shops – despite suffering from a bad back herself.

“Nothing is too much trouble for Carol,” added Mandy. “She is a remarkable lady who helps anyone and everyone who needs it. She always has a smile and a friendly ear and is truly an inspiration to others.”

In recognition of her contribution to the community, Carol was presented with the Love Thy Neighbour award, plus a meal voucher for the Pier House restaurant in Westward Ho!, by Jenny Cowling of J Cowlings.

Carol said: “It’s a nice shock to win this award, but I will share it with my colleague Mandy, who works just as hard at the Forches Community Centre.

“I live in the community so it’s very nice to be able to give something back. We rely heavily on volunteers and donations, and there are a lot of people and companies who are extremely generous, but don’t get the recognition that they deserve, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shown us some support.

“We are currently working on a recycle garden and would like to try and get more children involved, but they are unable to use the large tools that we currently have. If there is anyone who could help with a donation of some small hand tools we would all be extremely grateful.”

Jenny Cowling said: “It’s a pleasure to present Carol with a Love Thy Neighbour award. She makes us all think about what we don’t do, and without people like her communities wouldn’t be able to survive.”

**********************************

If you would like to nominate a neighbour, friend, family member or colleague for the fantastic work they do, please email newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk telling us why your nominee deserves to be recognised. Alternatively you can drop your nomination into the Gazette office in Old Station Road, Barnstaple, before the deadline on Monday, October 1. Please include your name, address and a daytime telephone number.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 20:56
Penelope Keith chats to Phyllis Ackland during Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone parade.

Actress mingles with the crowd’s to enjoy Whitsun bank holiday spectacle for her new television series.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Chancellor George Osborne laid out his plan for the South West at Appledore Shipyard on Friday. Picture: Jasmine Little

George Osborne made the pledge during a speech at Appledore Shipyard this morning (Friday)

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
The submerged car in Appledore. Picture: Andy Willterton.

Coastguard and a local tractor driver attempted to rescue the vehicle yesterday (Thursday) which is still stuck in the sand.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Caravans moved onto Barnstaple's Rock Park earlier  this evening (Wednesday).

Enforcement officers called off as encampment vacates Rock Park.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Unveiling the Conservative six point plan for the South West.

The Chancellor is paying a visit to Appledore Shipyard this morning (Friday) to announce, among other things, improvements to A361 Link Road.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
The Hobby Horse

From agriculture shows and food fairs to railway shows and picnics - there is loads to do in North Devon this bank holiday weekend.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Russell Cheesman, who was found dead in Bideford on Sunday, October 26.

Russell Cheesman, 32, was found dead near Bideford skate park having taken a number of drugs and drinking alcohol.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
New North Devon Council deputy leader Pat Barker and leader Des Brailey.

Annual meeting sees the formation of a new Conservative led administration

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The inquest was held at Bideford Town Hall this morning (Thursday).

Julian Renouf, 37, died in April last year during a ‘tragic accident’ after fishing vessel overturned, trapping him underneath.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Westward Ho! Picture: Stephen Ring

Double header for Westward Ho! with a coveted Blue Flag plus Seaside Award, but others receive a share of the spoils too...

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder