Chamber Awards for Cliff Davies and Chris Wilson
‘Tis the Season to…
…recognise residents who have made a difference to the community, often ‘unsung heroes’, by giving Chamber Special Recognition Awards.
In the past fortnight, the Chamber has made two such Special Recognition Awards.
Cliff Davies is President of Chesham Stags Rugby Club. Under his stewardship the membership has grown significantly with over 200 playing members of all ages, men and women, girls and boys.
Chesham Stags was selected to be the local face of Rugby in the 2015 World Cup tournament, and Chesham players appeared on major advertising hoardings at international airports and rail stations in the summer of 2015.
Cliff is founder and co-Owner/Managing Director of Inklink, a very successful Chiltern Business that contributes and gets involved in a number of local causes. Inklink has made it possible for small organisations and charities to have access to professional printing at preferential rates.
Chiltern Chamber is delighted to recognise his achievements and significant ongoing contribution to the Chesham Community and local Rugby.
Chris joined the Amersham Action Group (AAG) two years ago, ostensibly to run the two main events – The Christmas Festival and the Town Show. He got more than he bargained for because previous Chairman, Brian Woods, was retiring after having served the community for many years.
Chris was persuaded to take on the Chairman’s role and has done an outstanding job for the last 18 months. He has transformed the Christmas Festival into an all day Christmas Showcase, showcasing local retailers and local talent and raising funds for charity. AAG had previously struggled to gain buy-in from retailers, but with Chris’s drive and enthusiasm this is no longer the case and most retailers in Sycamore Road and many in Hill Avenue were involved with the Showcase this year (Chris is pictured in his Aladdin outfit, with CDC Chairman Mimi Harker).
Chris has also used his many years of team working experience to develop a better working model for organising and delivering the Amersham Carnival. He has successfully driven three-way working with The Round Table, Amersham Town Council and AAG and the results are obvious – The Carnival was the biggest and best Amersham has seen in many years and incorporated the Town Show which was previously run as a separate event . Chris has also used his passionate approach to voluntary work to encourage new members, especially from the business community to join AAG.
Beyond AAG, Chris is a tireless supporter of the Red Cross where he spends much of his time driving elderly patients to and from hospital appointments. He is also passionate in opposing HS2 through the Amersham HS2 Action Group, where with his wife Lynn he has done much work to both campaign against HS2 and raise funds for that campaign.
Chesham, Amersham and the wider Chiltern region is lucky to have such community-minded residents. Another example is previous award winner Vincent Crompton, pictured alongside Clifford Davies as he received his award. Thanks go to everyone who goes that extra mile to make our community special.
If you feel that there is an especially deserving figure, who should be nominated for an award in 2016, please let Vee Bharakda know.