Community commitment recognised
The annual Epsom & Ewell Active Citizens Award has been presented to Harry Corben.
Harry is currently Chairman of Epsom’s Civic Society.
In presenting the award, the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Robert Foote mentioned that he had first met Harry when Harry was a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. The Mayor commented “We all benefit from the Civic Society’s work: protecting the heritage of Epsom, encouraging high standards of new planning, building and promoting civic pride. Our Borough is very fortunate to benefit from Harry’s tremendous commitment and calibre, and willingness to work so hard across a wide range of areas”.
Harry has been a member of Epsom Rotary since 1984. He has been President twice and chaired several committees. He has received the Paul Harris Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary, and continues to be the Historian Officer, Protection Officer and a member of the Youth Service Committee.
Twice a week, he goes into schools to help children with their reading and he has also been instrumental in setting up the mock interviews at both Rosebery and Ewell Castle schools that are held each year.
With his wife, Maureen, Harry runs the Epsom Support Group for the Hard of Hearing, which meets every month at the Longmead Centre.
Councillor Eber Kington established the Active Citizen Award, when he was Mayor in 1999/2000 and hoped that subsequent mayors would continue to present the award. At the time he said, that the recipient of this award must normally, have:
• Undertaken voluntary service over a number of years
• Undertaken voluntary service over a range of organisations, activities or interests
• Given service across a range of activities
• Been involved with grassroots activities, not all at the highest level of organisational activity
• In addition, recipients of the Active Citizen Award may have undertaken their activities whilst facing their own personal challenge.
Winners of the award are commemorated on a plaque in the Town Hall