|Press release : 9th July 2015
Local campaigner receives national award
Graham Penness, currently co-chairman of the Ledsham & Manor action Group, was presented with a British Citizens Award Medal at a ceremony in the palace of Westminster on 9th July.
Graham (78), a retired personnel manager, received the award in recognition of his service to communities in Northants, Bucks and Cheshire, over the past 50 years.
Baroness Wilcox, Graham Penness and
Duncan Slater (BCA Ambassador)
He first became involved in such work when, age 26, he became a founder member and treasurer of a Ratepayers Association in his home town of Rushden, Northants….. within a year he was elected to the Urban District Council as an independent councillor.
After moving to Bucks he quickly became the secretary of the Chalfont St. Giles Residents Association, remaining so for many years, and was soon elected to serve as an independent councillor on both the Chilton rural district council and the local parish council for over 30 years he helped to raise funds for the charity Save the Children in Northants, Bucks and Cheshire and was twice elected to serve as a volunteers’ representative on the fund’s national committee in London, chaired by its president, the Princess Royal.
Since moving to Little Sutton in 1997 Graham has been at the forefront of the campaign against the building of 2000 houses on greenfield farmland off Ledsham Road and will be representing L.A.M.A.G. at the public inquiry on July 14th - 17th.