Unsung Harborough heroes get recognition

Clockwise from bottom left, Kathie Morley, the Rev John Morley, Diane Burden, Mike Burden, district councillor Geraldine Robinson, Susan Swales, Margaret Bullock and Harborough District Council chairman Neville Hall
Clockwise from bottom left, Kathie Morley, the Rev John Morley, Diane Burden, Mike Burden, district councillor Geraldine Robinson, Susan Swales, Margaret Bullock and Harborough District Council chairman Neville Hall

Three unsung heroes from the Harborough district were honoured during the county’s equivalent of the New Year’s honours list recently.

The Harborough trio – the Rev John Morley, Mike Burden and Margaret Bullock – were all given their awards at a celebration event at County Hall.

The evening, the first of its kind for Leicestershire, was hosted by county council chairman Bill Boulter earlier this month.

Cllr Boulter explained the event was for people who “work hard and without fuss” for their communities.

He said: “The people we have honoured are the unsung heroes in our community and the evening was an opportunity to salute their efforts.

Long-serving Scout leader Mike Burden received his award for his youth work in Harborough.

Mr Burden received a national scouting award in 2005, and a coveted Silver Acorn badge earlier this year.

“He is very much part of the Harborough community and his volunteering work is much appreciated and valued by the community,” his citation said.

Mr Burden joined the Scouts as a Wolf Cub in 1957, and has been an adult leader for 39 years.

“I feel I’m just passing on the enjoyment that I had myself as a Scout,” he said.

Margaret Bullock received her award for her voluntary work in four different areas.

Her citation said: “Margaret runs the Broughton Astley Stroke Club on Mondays and volunteers at the Lutterworth Volunteer Centre office every Thursday. She sits on the Committee of Broughton Alive and helps on reception at Leicester Royal Infirmary.”

Retired dietetic manager Mrs Bullock said her motivation was “waking up one morning and thinking I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do today”.

She said volunteering was about self-development as well as helping others.

The third Harborough recipient of the award was the Rev John Morley, an extremely active member of the Royal British Legion.

He is chairman of the Market Harborough branch and is the county’s chaplain.

“I suppose the 1914 centenary in particular put me ‘up front’ occasionally. It was lovely to be asked to County Hall for the event,” he said.

The three nominations were put forward by district council chairman Cllr Neville Hall, who said: “It’s the first time this has been done and I hope the next chairman of the county council will do the same thing.”