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Civic award nomination

PUBLISHED: 17:06 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:32 03 July 2010

THE second annual Civic Awards have been postponed until August, to coincide with major events to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of King John's Charter.

THE second annual Civic Awards have been postponed until August, to coincide with major events to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of King John's Charter.

The awards, for people, groups or businesses which have shown outstanding commitment and dedication to the benefit of citizens within the borough were renamed last year in memory of former mayor Susan Robinson who died in August.

They salute the work of people that often goes unrecognised.

One of those nominated for the Community Award is Beryl Bullen, nominated by friend Maureen Martin.

Mrs Bullen is currently terminally ill and Mrs Martin says in her commendation: “I would like for her to receive an award for her services to the people of Great Yarmouth who have mental health problems. I would like her contribution of supporting and helping these people to be recognised so she knows how much she has been appreciated.”

Mrs Bullen worked at a hospital as administrator until her retirement, and when Mrs Martin and Jean Gowing needed help at their carer's group to help the families of the mentally ill, she gave advice and support.

“Nothing was too much trouble; she gave her time and acted as an advocate for a lot of people who felt unable to speak up for themselves,” said Mrs Martin.

With the help of Kath Lees, a short mat bowls club was started for people with mental health problems at Ormesby St Margaret but it grew and grew and moved to the Working Men's Club in King Street, Yarmouth.

“The Needs Some Friends Club” flourished with a regular attendance of 42 members, and a dedicated band of volunteers organising outings. The Number 10 Drop in Centre was later opened in Howard Street which soon became a haven for members.

Mrs Martin said: “And Beryl always had a smile and a warm welcome for everyone.”

When the WMC closed, the short mat bowls club moved to the social club at Northgate Hospital and was renamed “The Community Care Friendship Club.”

It is open on Tuesdays and Fridays and Mrs Bullen has been running it with a small band of volunteers.

Mrs Bullen was a volunteer at the magistrates court supporting the victims of crime and also “strutted her stuff” as a model at Palmers fashion shows.

w For a nomination form for the Civic Awards, or further details, contact Laura Goodman on 01493 846125 or e-mail lauragoodman@great-yarmouth.gov.uk or write to The Mayor's Parlour, Town Hall, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF.

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