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It was with great pleasure that President Paul Miles (left) of the Shepshed Charnwood Rotary Club presented Rotarian Peter Hickling with a Community Service Award at the annual change of club officers.

Community Service is an opportunity for Rotary to use its many skills to give back something to the areas in which the members live. The projects are varied but all have a common theme of helping the needs of particular and diverse groups.

One such project carried out by the club involved the creation of a sensory area within the wellbeing garden recently completed in conjunction with the Shepshed Volunteer Centre.

A wasteland was turned into an area for quite reflection, an oasis for people of all abilities to find peace and solace in an all too busy world.

Involving the members in over 600 hours of backbreaking work, donation collections and sponsorship arrangements, it all required careful and meticulous planning.

Team leader Peter carried out these duties with tact and professionalism.  His enthusiasm and encouragement enabled us all to work as a team and complete on time and within budget.

Peter thanked the President and the Club for all their support during the year and looks forward to the next challenge.