Two volunteers at Paxton Pits have been recognised in the Community Life Awards, at a ceremony in which Little Paxton was named Village of the Year, by Cambridgeshire ACRE.
Professor Ray Matthews, chairman of the Friends of Paxton Pits, was rewarded for his innovation in protecting and managing the nature reserve. His nomination highlighted that "Ray has been the man behind the Nature Reserve since before its creation. He wrote the first management plan and implemented it with groups of volunteers. He worked closely with Huntingdonshire District Council to put rangers in place and created The Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve to support them".
Matthew Fox, whom many visitors will have met in the Visitors' Centre, was rewarded for his commitment to volunteering. His nominator, Karen Staines of Axiom Housing Association, said, "He is very reliable and attends work in all weathers, using his bike as his only means of transport. All of the staff and visitors at the reserve like and value him for his company, commitment and reliability".
Little Paxton was named Village of the Year, with the nature reserve being cited as an integral part of the community. In a recent parish survey, 91% replied that they liked living in the village because of the nature reserve, peace and quiet, village community life, friendliness, location and road and rail links.
Ray Matthews and Matthew Fox receiving their awards