Volunteer of the Year Awards
Unsung Helmdon community hero Lyndsey
Leeden Glassett has picked up this year's South Northants
Volunteer of the Year Award.
Dedicated volunteer Lyndsey won the 2001 award for her sterling
work with Helmdon Luncheon Club and other numerous good
deeds around the village.
Lyndsey - volunteer of the year 2001.
Post Editor Richard Howarth and South
Northants Council Chairman Tony Wilkinson presented her
with a glass rose bowl and £30 worth of book tokens at an
awards ceremony on Monday evening.
She said: "It was a lovely surprise. It was very unexpected.
The secret of voluntary work is to do something that you
"I love food shopping and take a great deal of delight in
picking up a bargain. I enjoy food shopping and cooking
so it seemed the most natural thing to do a lunch.
"Lyndsey set up the luncheon club in 1998 after serving
lunches for the ladies at the Baptist Chapel in the village
for a year.
When it was first launched, 13 people attended. The club
met this Tuesday when 39 people sat down for lunch.
Other good deeds include running the village's "birthday
board", taking in stray dogs and helping out friends and
neighbours in need.
Lyndsey wanted to thank her luncheon club team - Zena Balch,
Pauline Butler, Gillian Reed, Lorraine Willcocks, Kate Hardiman
and Janet Hall - as well as her husband Terry for his support.
She added "It is not just me, we have an awful lot of unsung
heroes. I have been "sung" but there are an awful lot of
people volunteer their time as well."
Her daughter, Rachel Willson, put Lyndsey forward for the
She said: "She does so much for others. She is always running
around doing things for other people. All of the time she
is constantly thinking of others."
Other finalists for the award included Linda Dollochin of
Kings Sutton; Chris Brown of Kettering; John Giddings of
Pottersbury; and Sally Allcroft, Sue Palmer and Rosemary
Thompson of Middleton Cheyney.
The award is now in its third year and is run by The Post
in conjunction with South Northamptonshire Council.
Post Editor Richard Howarth said: "Once again the South
Northants Volunteer of the Year awards have brought unsung
heroes into the limelight.
"This award is all about people who give up their time to
help others and our finalists are shining examples.
"The standard has been extremely high and well done to everyone
who entered, our finalist and of course, our deserved winner,
Lyndsey Leeden Glassett.
Sandra Barnes, leader of the SNC, said "A lot of people
give up their time and do not think they are very special,
so the recognition we give to people who do help others
Brackley Post - 18th May 2001