Congratulations Caroline & Jendy!

Trustee of the year

Congratulations to the recipients of the Somerset Trustee of the Year Award: Caroline Ambrose from Ashwick and Oakhill Village Hall &
Jendy Weekes from Mark Village Hall

Caroline Ambrose receiving her award at the CCS Annual Conference

” Caroline is not just the Treasurer of the Ashwick & Oakhill Village Hall (which is a large and critical role in itself) she is also the foundation, backbone and beating heart of the Oakleaf Community Cafe (operated by volunteers) which was officially opened in December 2022. She and her husband Tim were instrumental in the initial research into community cafes (with help of CCS members met at the 2021 conference!).

This led to huge success in winning many grant and funding applications (achieving circa £85k from multiple organisations in 12-18months). The cafe has become a community hub which is extremely well-used, by young and old and is frequented by neighbouring Village Agents.  Her other achievements are far too numerous to mention here, but needless to say she always tries to make herself available to support the aims of the committee, the other trustees and ultimately the village. ”

(Picture shows Jendy receiving her award from Jan Horn Chair of Trustees at Mark Community Association (the village hall).

” Jendy is an invaluable and long serving trustee at Mark Village Hall and nextyearsees her complete 25years in the role.

Over the years, Jendy has not only contributed to the committee as the Booking Secretary, which is no small commitment, but is always willing to support and contribute to any activities and fund-raising events undertaken at the hall and be flexible and apply herself to any role that is asked of her, from selling raffle tickets, to creating promotional material, to manning car parking or serving on the bar, to mention but a few.

Her knowledge of the history of the hall and her experience, has proven to be most beneficial. Her commitment to the role is exemplary and she can always be relied upon to go that step further if circumstances demand.”

Help us

Nominate your Trustee of the Year 2024!

Give recognition to:

  • a long-serving member of a Hall management committee who has held an officer position
  • and has been very active in the work of the committee, or
  • someone who has had a major influence on turning the fortunes of a village hall around, or
  • a person who took up the challenge of a major Hall project which otherwise may not have happened.

To make your nomination, please supply a statement to demonstrate your choice of a nominee by answering the following questions:-

How long has the nominee been on the management committee?

  1. What position/officer role(s) has the nominee held on the management committee?
  2. What contribution has the nominee made to the management committee?
  3. In which project or initiative has the nominee played a significant role (please give details)?
  4. Any other outstanding qualities of the nominee which you would like to tell us about?

This statement should be no longer than 150 words and endorsed by at least two signatories / nominated Trustees either in writing or via email. A small panel from the CCS will shortlist from the entries received and will then make the final decision.

Nomination Details

WE WILL BE PLEASED TO ACCEPT nominations for persons previously nominated. Please also note we cannot accept posthumous nominations.
Nominations for Trustee of the Year 2024 are open and the closing 30th August 2024

Email your nominations to

Post your nomination to

CCS, Viney Court, Viney Street, Taunton, TA1 3FB