A VISIT FROM THE HIGH SHERIFF OF DORSET
Broadmayne and West Knighton’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognised by the presentation by the High Sheriff of not one but two of his special Community Awards 2020.
At a special, socially distanced, event in the Village Hall on Saturday the 11th October, George Streatfeild, in all the finery of his office, presented the awards, to Aly Carroll (the Emergency Response Coordinator) & representatives of the Community Emergency Response Team and to Michaela Farn and members of her team from the Corner House Stores.
The award for the CERT recognises not only the efforts of the organising team and the Team Leaders but also the selfless volunteering of over a hundred residents who have made themselves available to support those people shielding, in isolation or just too concerned to be out and about. Thankfully during the first wave of the pandemic Broadmayne and West Knighton have escaped quite lightly and there were more volunteers than were needed, however the whole community is indebted to them all whether they were called on or not.
That the Corner House Stores were also judged to deserve an award will not come as a surprise to anyone in the village. Michaela and her team certainly “went the extra mile” to serve the community during such a difficult time. They came up with innovative solutions that enabled people to shop from home, that supported the volunteers in their role, and made those shopping for themselves feel safe. They sourced, and continue to source, a wide range of products so that there was no actual need to leave the village to shop. And it was all done with grace, with smiles and whilst offering a great deal of help.
The community of Broadmayne and West Knighton is indebted to all who were involved in the response and who remain ready to redouble their efforts should we suffer from an unfortunate second wave of infection.