TWO women were honoured for their contribution to the community at a ceremony at Lancing Parish Hall on Thursday.
Lydia Schilbach and Wendy Peters received certificates and a cheque for £25 from Lancing Parish Council for their ‘sterling work’.
Lydia spearheaded the Sensory Gardens project, and Council chairman Fred Lewis thanked the pair for their efforts.
“Lydia managed to secure £15,000 from the Adur Pot of Gold awards and galvanised the local community and produced a wonderful example of what a community scheme is all about,” he said.
“She project managed and led the very successful initiative which remodelled a tired garden into a landscaped space which is full of delightful flowers, plants and architecture.”
Lydia and her team won a Town’s Alive award for their efforts.
Wendy has been running the Penhill Playgroup in Penhill Road, Lancing, for more than 30 years.
“Wendy has dedicated her life to the wellbeing and teaching of the under-fives,” said Mr Lewis.
“The one thing that gives her the finest feeling is that many of the under-fives from years ago are now bringing their own children to the playgroup.
“Wendy could have retired years ago but carries on because she loves what she does and is loved in turn for doing it.”
Wendy said: “I’m privileged to be able to say that I absolutely love my work. It’s been such a rewarding journey.
“I have enjoyed working with so many children and families from the community. I couldn’t have achieved all that without the help and support of a strong and dedicated team of staff.”
Lydia said: “I’m really proud to have been nominated for an award, let alone to have won it. I’m really pleased that Lancing Parish Council recognises the contribution that the community can make to our village, and that by working together, we can make even greater things happen.
“There are so many people doing amazing things for Lancing who should also be celebrated.
“I also hope that this, along with the events and projects that have happened this year, will inspire more people to get involved in 2014.”