Guests from different communities and faith groups across Chesham gathered at the Town Hall for a special reception celebrating the rich diversity and thriving communities of the town.

The event, on February 24, was hosted by Bucks County Council chairman, Netta Glover, while councillor Mark Shaw, deputy leader and ward councillor for Chesham was master of ceremonies.

During the event the chairman presented Service to the Community Awards to Iman Arif Hussain, Imam of Chesham, and Revd Simon Cansdale, team rector of Great Chesham.

Imam Arif Hussain came to the UK at the end of 1984, aged just 25. He has now been in his role, serving the Muslims of Chesham and the wider community for just over 34 years - the longest serving Imam in one mosque in the country.

Revd Simon Cansdale has served as Team Rector of Great Chesham since June 2008.

Cllr Shaw said: “I was delighted to see and meet with so many members of the community in Chesham who through their combined efforts make Chesham a great place to live in.”