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Long-standing Trustee wins National award

Matilda Jones
By Matilda Jones
24th November 2023

We are delighted to announce that Prue Vernon has won a ‘Special Trustee Award’ from National CPRE.

Prue was a Trustee for more than 20 years and only stood down when CPRE Gloucestershire became a CIO and our rules changed. Prue continues to attend and contribute actively to CPRE Gloucestershire’s Board meetings, Policy-Sub Committee and Chair our Berkeley Vale District Committee.

As Chair of our Berkeley District, Prue checks all planning applications that relate to this area, works with her Committee to decide which should be objected to and why, then ensures that the subsequent letter to the Council is substantive and detailed in relation to planning rules. As a result she has played a significant part in helping to resist numerous unsuitable applications for development over the years, including several which would have had a very significant impact on the local landscape.

Every year the Berkeley District has a CPRE stall at the annual Frampton Show and Prue leads this initiative and supports the stall on the Day. She also leads her committee in organising social and fund-raising events for local members. Finally, whenever a volunteer is needed for a working group, Prue is there, ready and willing to share the expertise born of her long-service to CPRE Gloucestershire.

To undertake such tasks for a year or two would be service enough. To be committed to contributing time, energy and skill year after year and encouraging others to get involved too, is truly outstanding. Such a contribution in our view represents the very best of trustee dedication to CPRE. Prue Vernon is typical of the kind of volunteer how helps local CPRE groups to thrive – expert, committed and tireless.

CPRE Gloucestershire could not have achieved what we have over the years without the energetic and dedicated support of trustees like Prue.

Prue was awarded with her award at our CPRE Gloucestershire Awards Ceremony in November.

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