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Kind-hearted couple from Gedney Hill win Lincolnshire Good Citizens Award

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A kind-hearted couple from Gedney Hill have been given an award for their contribution to the community.

David and Ann Ingle picked up the couple title at the 2022 Lincolnshire Good Citizens Awards - and were presented the award at last wee's Lincolnshire Show.

When the pandemic struck, David and Ann were at the centre of the local Covid response. Ann is chair of Gedney Hill and District Memorial Hall, having been integral to the fundraising effort which saw it rebuilt in 2001, while David has been a committee member for 20 years.

David and Ann Ingle receive their award from Martin Hill (57626108)
David and Ann Ingle receive their award from Martin Hill (57626108)

During the pandemic, the hall became the focal point for the local community, with the couple being central to setting up support to ensure local people didn’t go without.

They arranged a drive thru at the car park where people who struggled to get to a supermarket could buy fresh fruit and vegetable boxes.

They also found a mobile operator to set up a fresh pizza takeaway and they were instrumental in setting up Sunday lunch deliveries free to those who were struggling, assisted by a willing band of village volunteers.

Their efforts have seen the installation of new catering equipment which has enabled the hall to provide Sunday lunches during the winter.

Ann is part of Gedney Hill Community Group, which organises the annual village fun day and Remembrance Day commemorations.

They are both involved with Holy Trinity Church where Ann is a licenced lay minister and David is churchwarden. He also helps maintain the building and the grounds of both this church and St Polycarp’s Holbeach Drove.

David is an active volunteer and trustee of Holbeach Community Larder.

Fellow volunteer Neil Watson said: “Ann and David are a couple who exemplify public service. It is difficult to imagine a couple who give more of their time to the community.”

Commenting on the winners of the awards, county council leader Martin Hill said: “I am proud to say that our county has a great tradition of volunteering, so, with that in mind, the county council created the Good Citizens Awards to give us the opportunity to recognise our own unsung heroes.

“This year's winners are truly inspirational and make a huge difference to their communities through their unstinting commitment.”

Chairman Alison Austin added: “The winners were chosen from a host of nominations covering all corners of the county and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to tell us about the unsung heroes from their communities.”

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