CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

This presitigeous award is given by our club, every year, to a Sandbach resident in recognition of his/her excellent service to the comunity. This year the award goes to Town Crier Dennis Robinson.

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Citizen of the Year 2019

Town Crier, Dennis Robinson

Dennis Robinson, Sandbach Town Crier, was made Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Sandbach at their meeting last week.

Giving the citation, Rtn. Bill Coupe said that Dennis was born in Sandbach in 1932 - next door to the Cricketer’s Arms on Crewe Road – but the family moved to Sandbach Heath when Dennis was 18 months old, and he has lived there continuously ever since.

At school his best subjects turned out to be anything practical rather than academic and, after leaving school at age 14, became an apprentice joiner..

At age 21 Dennis started National Service with the RAF, returning two years later to his job as a joiner. In 1960 he married Ruth, who he describes as “his rock” and the driving force in his life. She and Dennis were heavily involved with the Methodist Church and with community work in Sandbach Heath: organising Christmas lunches, maintaining the church building, helping with Sunday School and arranging outings.

Dennis later made a career change, moving to ERF as a stores man. He could turn his hand to many tasks, his practical side coming to the fore. From there he moved to work as a maintenance joiner with Fodens and thereafter doing freelance joinery work.

He was a town councillor for over 30 years representing Sandbach East ward. He was elected Chairman of the Council in 1990 and Mayor of the town in 2012. He was also a trustee of the Sandbach Almshouses and the Literary Institution. He was heavily involved in organising the town’s Christmas Lights and the Transport Festivals.

Dennis has been our Town Crier since 1983, said Rtn. Coupe. He is a member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers and has organised Town Crier competitions in Sandbach, and himself taken part in national competitions, winning the All England Championship on one occasion.

Rtn. Coupe concluded by saying that Dennis has given over 50 years of service to the community and was a worthy recipient for the Rotary Citizen of the Year award.

After being presented with a commemorative plate by President Andy Wilkie, Dennis thanked the Rotarians for making the award which he said was a privilege to receive. He said that he was proud to be a resident of Sandbach and enjoyed living in Sandbach Heath which. he remembered, used to have its own football pitch and bowling green – and PoW camp!

Being town crier, he said, gave him the opportunity of not only telling the people what was going on in Sandbach but also telling people further afield about Sandbach. He said that it had given him the opportunity of visiting many other interesting places – he is due to visit Alcester and Cromer before Easter.

He thanked the Rotarians for the honour of receiving the award and for their support which, he said, gave him “a push” to continue carrying out a useful and interesting role.

Rtn. John Higgins (Publicity Officer)