Long service awards for council's staff
Forty-six members of staff were recognised for their long service to the borough council on Friday 27 January 2023.
Certificates were presented by the Mayor Cllr Lesley Bambridge, and the Leader of the borough council, Cllr Stuart Dark MBE. This year there were 28 awards for 10 years’ service, 15 awards for 20 years’ service, 2 awards for 30 years’ service and 1 award for 40 years’ service.
Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Lesley Bambridge said: “The staff of any organisation are very important and those of you with long service play a key role by providing experience and stability. I'm pleased that, following the pandemic, we can invite our recipients to the first in-person Long Service Awards ceremony held at the Town Hall for three years.
“In my civic role as Mayor, I have spoken to many residents and staff, visited communities, businesses, charities and other voluntary groups throughout West Norfolk. I often hear people talk about the appreciation of the valuable help and support that our council has given to them. And none of this would be possible without our staff. These long-serving employees have been the bedrock on which those valued services are delivered and developed.”
Cllr Stuart Dark MBE, Leader of the borough council, added: “Today we are recognising 46 members of staff who have 680 years of experience and service as ‘key workers’ to us, the people of West Norfolk between them. That’s a phenomenal amount of public service. I am pleased that at this event we are both thanking and shining a light on them and the families and friends who support them.”
Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive of the borough council, said: “These awards reward long service, but people do not stay with the borough council unless they enjoy their work, care about west Norfolk and want to make a positive difference to our area. Those staff celebrating long service today are great ambassadors for working in a public service organisation and I would encourage those starting out on their careers, or considering a change in career, to look at job opportunities offered at the borough council.
“I want to thank all our staff for their commitment and dedication in supporting our west Norfolk communities, it is very much appreciated”
Amongst the recipients readers will probably recognise Public Open Space Operations Manager Chris Durham pictured third from left in the third row of the photo above. Chris is well known for his dedication to the gardens and open spaces around the borough and from the many 'In Bloom' reports and photos published by Town and Around over the years. Chris received his 20 years' service award.