Two citizens of Crewkerne and the Town Crier were honoured at the Annual Meeting of Electors on Monday evening, held in the Victoria Hall. Richard V J Hall and Norman Tim Udall OBE were presented with this year’s Honoured Citizen Award by Crewkerne Mayor, Councillor Kathy Head, in recognition of their outstanding contribution for the benefit of the town and its citizens.
Richard Hall is well known as the proprietor of Oscars wine bar. The award recognises that Richard generously supports many of Crewkerne’s voluntary organisations. Richard provided a meeting place for the Men’s Shed group, is a loyal supporter of the Crewkerne Churches Together, Crewkerne RFC, CUDOS of which he has been made Honorary Vice President, Crewkerne Museum & Heritage Centre and the annual events on Boxing Day, including the Pram Race, organised by Crewkerne Lions Club in which he actively participates.
Tim Udall has previously served on Crewkerne Town Council and was Chairman in 1979/80. Tim has also served on the committee of Crewkerne & District Twinning Association and the Burial Board. He is a member of Probus and member and past president of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne. A guiding light at the old Crewkerne Day Centre, Tim took on the leading role of chairman when the new Henhayes Centre was built and is currently a Trustee. As a past pupil of Crewkerne Grammar School, Tim has always been a loyal supporter of the Old Boys Association.
The Mayor’s Commendation For Excellence In The Community was presented to David Craner, in recognition as the Crewkerne Town Crier for 12 years. David announced in January that he was “calling time on belling and yelling at the end of this year.” David who fought back from ill health after being diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2016, has won many competitions during his time in the role and is a member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers. David has worked closely with Crewkerne Town Council in helping to organise the biennial Town Criers Competition, held last year in the George Shopping Centre, which attracted fellow town criers from across the country and brought more visitors into Crewkerne. David said: “I would like to thank everybody in Crewkerne for their friendship and kind support. I will miss it when I step down as Town Crier, at the end of this year.”