Huntingdonshire District Council recognised the voluntary efforts of the local community in a ceremony at St Neots' Priory Centre this month. Among the volunteers recognised was chairman of The Friends of Paxton Pits, Professor Ray Matthews, who was given the award for Impact. Ray has been critical to the development of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve in the 1980s, the creation of The Friends in the 1990s and, more recently, the campaign of support to extend the nature reserve.
Well done, Ray!
Ray Matthews, chairman of The Friends of Paxton Pits, receives his award from BBC presenter, Michael Cartwright (Jim Stevenson)