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The Royal British Legion Cup, a silver plate cup with two handles and a black wooden plinth, stands 438mm high and weighs 2.5kg. It is inscribed: “Presented to Brig-General O C Herbert, CMG., MC. by the Members of the British Legion Hartley Wintney Branch January 22/25”
A bound list of the names of the 200 plus persons who contributed to the gift also records: “From the Members of the British Legion, to Brig-General O C Herbert CMG, MC. in recognitionof his untiring energy and interest in the Hartley Wintney Branch of the British Legion since its formation”
The Cup, plinth and a list of donors were handed to Colonel Davies, Branch Chairman, in January 2000 by Mrs. Margaret Lewington, a branch member. Mrs. Lewington said that the Cup was handed back to the Branch by the family of Brig-General Herbert following his death. Admiral Weston, Branch Chairman at the time, fearful as to the future of the Branch, asked Bill Lewington, the Branch Standard Bearer and a Committee Member, to look after it. Mr. Lewington believed that the Cup should be on display and asked Hartley Wintney Football Club to keep it in its trophy cabinet.
When the Football Club Pavilion was burnt down around 1983, the Cup was rescued by Mr. Tom Walton,a retired local dentist, who stored it in his attic. Some years after Mr. Walton’s death, Mrs. Lewington recovered the Cup and returned it to the Branch in January 2000.
In 2001 the Hartley Wintney Branch, Royal British Legion, passed the Cup - now known as the Royal British Legion Cup – to Hartley Wintney Parish Council “for annual presentation to a local organisation or individual selected by Hartley Wintney Parish Council for their contribution to the life of the village”.
The recipients of the Royal British Legion Cup are as follows:
2012 – Village History Exhibition Group
2011 – 4th Bramshill Scout Group
2010 – Hartley Wintney District Guides
2009 – Hartley Wintney Preservation Society
2008 – Patrick Vaughan – Parish Clerk
2007 - The “Contact” magazine Team
2006 – Hartley Wintney Voluntary Care Group
2005 – Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Hartley Wintney
2004 – The Womens Institute.
2003 – Rosie Minibus
2002 – Rotary Club of Hart.
Since 2001 in addition to the Royal British legion Cup, the Parish Council has made Community Service Awards at its annual Reception. Recent recipients of these awards are as follows :
Chris Francis – for recognition of his efforts in the creation of the Jubilee Hall
Richard Jones – in recognition of tireless work on behalf of the boys and girls that have gone through Scouts in recent years, giving them some fabulous experiences within the community and also away on Scout Camps. Also in recognition of his generous giving of time and sponsorship of both Oakwood and Greenfields.
Chris Cornwell - As a former Councillor many will know Chris and the enormous amount of work he has undertaken being a champion for older people in the Parish through the Over 55s Forum and the Care Group.
Ian Stephenson - In recognition of his commitment in all weathers keeping Causeway Pond in good repair and looking after the birds (despite cantankerous Colin the Goose!)
Tony Davies - In recognition of his long service as a Victoria Hall Trustee and fundraiser, in particular with his involvement in their film nights. Also as a long standing member and former chairman of Hartley Arts Group, past chairman of the Twinning Association and poppy money counter for the Royal British Legion.
Ron Rooney – in recognition of his long standing service as volunteer caretaker of the WI hut, Ron has also latterly become a familiar figure to many as their I.T saviour, volunteering his time to help residents with computer issues and assisting older residents with the digital switchover.
Gail Bethell – in recognition of her work with village youth, the Annual Hartley Wintney Fun Run, Beavers and cycling proficiency for Greenfields.
Graham Gillies - In recognition of his work with the Rosefield Day Care Centre and his efforts compiling and publishing the first editions of the Hartley Wintney Wellbeing brochure.
Major Rupert Catt – in recognition of his service to the village as Chairman of the Hartley Wintney branch of the Royal British Legion and volunteer driver of the Rosie-Minibus.
Rev Shirley Morris – in recognition of her dedicated pastoral work and assistance to the needy and vulnerable in the Parish and the founding of Naomi’s Watch for Hartley Wintney.
Ron Scudder – in recognition of dedicated service as the village milkman for over 15 years and in particular his assistance to residents during the bad weather over the last two winters.
Ken Sheppard – in recognition of long service to Hartley Wintney Cricket Club, Hartley Wintney Football Club, Hartley Wintney Golf Club and the Village Ball.
Janet Kelly – in recognition of over 20 years service to Oakwood School.
Claire Crickmore – in recognition of her role running the Hartley Wintney Under 5s.
Philip Hatt - In recognition of his work promoting St Mary’s Church, his voluntary work for the Parish Council at the burial ground and his continuing work on the history of Hartley Wintney, as featured in Contact.
Colin Horwood - In recognition of his long, dedicated service to Hartley Wintney Fire Station.
Jean Amos - In recognition of her work promoting St Mary’s Church and her inspiration and organisation of the inaugural Advent Service. Also her work with the Parish Plan, the Victoria Hall Charity, the Twinning Association and U3A
Jenny Seddon - In recognition of her contribution to village life, through her work with Oakwood School, the Baptist Church and family involvement in the Scout movement
Chris Stanley - In recognition of his contribution to the village, with many years of commitment to Hartley Wintney Football and Cricket Clubs and a founder member of U3A.
John Collman - In recognition of his major input into the Hartley Wintney Parish Plan, the Dilly Lane Action Group and continuing advice on local environmental issues.
Ron Osborne - In recognition of his contribution over many years to Rosefield Day Centre and minibus, the action committee and a founder member of the Twinning Association
Julie Roberts - In recognition of her contribution to village life through her work with Oakwood and Greenfields Schools
Ray Shipman - In recognition of his contribution to Hartley Wintney Football Club and commitment to the development of youth football in the village
Roy Sutton - In recognition of his dedicated leadership of Neighbourhood Watch in Hartley Wintney
Pat Vaughan - For dedication and long service as Parish Clerk.
Christine Toms - In recognition of the work, and her leadership of, Hartley Wintney Action Group; and
Jill Lincoln - In recognition of her contribution to the work of Hartley Wintney Voluntary Care Group.
Caroline Nieuwenhuys - For her contribution to the Hartley Wintney Calender
Peter McOnie - For his contribution to Twinning
Terry Plume - For his services to youth cricket
Hartley Arts Group - For their contributuion to the community.
Sheila Walsh - Rosefield Day Centre
Paul Mant - Hartley Wintney Scouts.
Bill Mitchell - Cricket and Football Clubs
Carol & Chris Webb - Community Support
Linda & Niall Scott - Community Support
In addition to the above the Parish Council has created an award in memory of the late Clerk Patrick Vaughan. The Vaughan Memorial Award is given to a person who works closely with the Parish Council either in a paid or voluntary capacity who it is felt makes a marked contribution to village life.
Recent recipients of these awards are as follows :
2009 – Mark Hazell
2010 – John Cox
2011 – Peter Fountain
2012 – Jan Philips.