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Graham Harris receives award for helping Somerset churches

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At The National Churches Trust “Local Treasures - People and Places” awards ceremony on 15th November 2019 Graham Harris of Leigh on Mendip was presented with an award for “his dedication and service to his church, community and for encouraging visitors and helping the Somerset Churches Trust through the East Mendips Churches Heritage Trail”. Our Treasurer, Tony Davies was there. Read his full report of the event by clicking on the headline.



Graham Harris (left) receives his award from Nick Carter of The Marsh Christian Trust.

I was invited to attend the above awards ceremony, along with Michael Auton our Ride+Stride Coordinator, because at Michael’s instigation one of the prominent Somerset Churches Trust Ride+Stride participants had been nominated and shortlisted for an award. Graham Harris of Leigh on Mendip was nominated for “his dedication and service to his church, community and for encouraging visitors and helping the Somerset Churches Trust through the East Mendips Churches Heritage Trail”. The ceremony took place at the Mercers’ Hall in the City of London and was an afternoon event, followed by tea and cake.

There were three award categories, and Graham had been shortlisted for the “Marsh Church and Community Volunteer Awards”. There were seven shortlisted candidates. In the event, no attempt was made to identify a winner and runner-up; rather, each person on the shortlist was given an award of £250.

It was an interesting event, particularly for the opportunity to learn about many enterprising and inspirational ways in which people can make use of church buildings.

Full details of the event are on the national Churches Trust website


Tony Davies
20th November 2019
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