Mrs Sheila Sinclair
Contribution to the community, in particular Friend to Friend.
Sheila started Friend to Friend in 1997 and with the help of a few other volunteers has developed the organisation into a thriving club catering for on average forty members with a monthly meal. Off-shoots are tai-chi and a men’s meeting and the Old Meltham History Group. Friend to Friend was formed to combat loneliness and isolation amongst people generally living on their own by providing a monthly get together with a good meal, (arranging transport where necessary).
Mr George Haigh
Contribution to the community.
George came to Meltham in 1954 with his family to live at Bentley Farm, Meltham Mills. He was a Milkman on his village round for 10 years around the Meltham Township.
In 1966-67 he started a Butchers Shop in Huddersfield Road, Meltham, and it is still going today in February 2012.
Over 40 years working in the village supporting the whole Community, giving help in many areas of activities. George was a member of numerous village organisations, amongst them he was the founding President of Meltham Chamber Trade which started over 25 years ago, member of Meltham Gala Committee, member of Meltham Pensioners & Welfare Society. He joined Freemasons in 1972 and was Master of the Lodge of Peace.
Mr Neil Moorhouse
Contribution to the community in particular his work for the Meltham Football Club.
Neil has worked diligently and steadfastly in supporting Meltham all his adult life. He is totally committed to our community particularly in his passion for Meltham AFC. As a junior footballer Neil gave 100% commitment to his club and at the latter end of his footballing career he continued as club secretary. In 1999 the club was in the doldrums and had been relegated to the Huddersfield and District 3rd Division. The club was struggling to turn out two teams. With changes to the coaching staff and with Neil’s organisational skills the club went on a ten year run winning trophies at all levels – the highlight was winning the West Riding Cup. Neil’s influence on this success cannot be underestimated – not only is he the secretary but he does any job that needs doing, i.e. groundsman, kitman, organising the fence around the pitch, raising funds and obtaining grants and much more. Lots of children play in our junior section and Neil has a positive influence as a good role model in our community.