Invaluable South Bucks residents have been recognised for their contribution to the local community at the annual South Bucks Chairman’s Awards in Denham.

Recognising those who give up their time for the good of the local community, a selection of awards were handed out in a range of categories to those who do the most for the benefit of others.

Nominated by fellow residents, this year’s winners included volunteers who help at the Stoke Poges Memorial Garden, a student who volunteers with young people at a local school and Brownies Groups and a man who picks litter every day in Burnham.

Mary Lane from Hedgerley received the prestigious Chairman’s Special Award. Having lived in the village for more than 60 years, Mary does everything from running the social clubs and playgroups to driving residents to church and hospital appointments.

Dr Rosemary Jane Chambers received a posthumous award after she tragically lost her life in a car cras earlier this year. Dr Chambers worked tirelessly to keep Gerrards Cross clean by picking up litter every day.

Pat and Bill Collins from Gerrards Cross won the Long Service Award, having volunteered in the town for more than 55 years. Their work included transforming and maintaining the Gerrards Cross Common, volunteering with the Girl Guides and being members of an array of community groups in the town.

Councillor Dr Wendy Matthews said: “I was so pleased to be able to present the residents of South Bucks with awards to recognise all they have done for the community.

“What really shone through during the ceremony was the long-term commitment from the volunteers; in every category we were celebrating people who had been volunteering for their community for decades.

“The impact they have had on South Bucks is immeasurable and I can’t thank them enough, so the ceremony is one way we can show our appreciation and celebrate their achievements.”