Spectrum resident honoured by the town of Gillingham
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Housing
Liz Baker, Simon Hosken, Jo Winch, Richard Organ, Yasmin White, Wayne Morris, Pat Radford, John Radford, Terry Rance, Ian Keys, Helen Oram, Mike Ruddy.
Spectrum Signpost resident John Radford was awarded The Freedom of Gillingham in a ceremony at Gillingham Council Chambers on Monday 22nd October.
John was nominated for the award by Gillingham Town Councillor David Milsted to honour his outstanding contribution to his local community. In particular, John has been an involved resident of Spectrum Signpost for more than 12 years. He has also been closely involved with Gillingham Town Football Club since becoming a resident of the town in 1997.
John was presented with the Freedom of Gillingham by the town's Mayor, Stephen Joyce. He now joins an elite group of people who, in modern times, have the right to attend major civic functions held by the town council and the right to use the title ‘Freeman’. It is the highest honour that the town can bestow.
At the end of 1999 John became an involved resident at Spectrum Signpost (or Signpost Housing Association as it was known then). He was one of the founder members as well as the Chair of the Signpost Tenants' Forum from 2001 to 2011. During his time he steered a steady course for residents, helping the Forum to grow in numbers and bringing the concerns of residents to the fore and ensuring they had a voice in the management of Signpost. He was also influential in bringing about new and innovative ways of involving residents and together with the Forum committee, organised a number of very successful resident conferences. In 2009 John became Chair of Spectrum Residents' Group.
During the ceremony Councillor Milsted praised John's outstanding achievements with both the football club and Spectrum Signpost. John has been a big asset to the football club, acting as a very successful Chair for many years before having to take a back seat due to ill health. Despite severe health problems he has continued to take an interest in the progress of the club.
On receiving the honour, John said: "I am overwhelmed - the Council approached me out of the blue back in June when I was very ill with kidney failure. This has been an enormous boost to me as I love this town. Gillingham Town Football Club and Spectrum Signpost have helped me to stay positive over the years and I would like to say a special thanks to my wife, Pat, who has supported me with everything I do."
Wayne Morris, Chief Executive of Spectrum Housing Group, said: "I have known John for five years. Not only does he have an impressive knowledge ofNorth Dorsetbut he cares deeply about the community in which he lives. Very early on it became apparent that he was the right man to Chair the Spectrum Residents' Group and, more than that, he is the glue that holds our resident involvement structures together. John, along with your supportive wife, Pat, I thank you."
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