Wreake Valley Rotary Club

Despite the club not meeting face to face for over 12 months we were able to nominate and present John Buswell with the Alan Morley award and certificate this year. He was nominated by Pat Forrester, the now retired former manager of the Syston Volunteer Centre. She agreed to present the award to John on the club’s behalf during one of her regular visits to see him during lockdown.
John is a WWll veteran serving in the Leicestershire Regiment, who started much of his volunteering on his retirement. He was a tireless worker for Age Concern Syston (later becoming a Trustee and Chairman) and also for the Volunteer Centre. He was Chairman of the HA Taylor Trust, a Syston charity that helps local people in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
John was a founder member Syston Operatic Society, both taking part and producing. Many Syston residents will also remember him fondly for his work producing the Syston Scout Gang Show for over 20 years.
John was also the Chairman of the Carnival committee for many years.
More recently, John has been the contact person for Age Concern members needing a chat, who might be feeling lonely or isolated during the Corona virus pandemic.
The award is presented each year in memory of former Rotary Club member Alan Morley, who died in 1999, to a local person who has contributed to the community in such a way as to make a difference.
In ‘normal’ times, the award would be presented at a meeting by Shirley Morley, Alan’s widow.
John also received a cheque from the club with a contribution from Shirley which he has agreed should be donated to Age Concern Syston to help them continue with their good work.
The photograph left shows John with his trophy, certificate and cheque. A very worthy winner!
We look at nominations from January each year so they are always welcome.
Please contact David Fox at wreakevalleyrotary.org.uk