Henlow’s Alan, 75, saluted for outstanding community work

Henlow's Alan Cordwell, 75, has won Aragon Housing Association's outstanding contribution award. Pic

Henlow's Alan Cordwell, 75, has won Aragon Housing Association's outstanding contribution award. Picture: Aragon Housing Association - Credit: Archant

A 75-year-old ‘model’ neighbour from Henlow has been saluted for his outstanding work in the community.

Alan Cordwell won the outstanding contribution award at Aragon Housing Association’s Star of Aragon awards, held at Haynes Village Hall near Shefford.

Alan helps to keep his neighbours gardens tidy by mowing the grass, weeding and keeping it all looking colourful – and he also does odd jobs like giving friends a lift and helping out at a social group.

He is held in such regard by neighbours that he was nominated seven times across three categories – good neighbours, volunteer and best-kept area.

Modest Alan said: “I was so surprised to hear I’d been nominated for one award, never mind three!

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“I enjoy doing jobs for others, it gets me out of the house and is a bit of exercise. I certainly wasn’t expecting any kind of reward, I don’t do it for that.

“When I look at my award on the sideboard I confess I’m still a bit lost for words – but my family is very impressed and proud that I’ve won.”

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Karen Nicholson from Grand Union Housing Group – of which Aragon is part – said it was great to recognise people who go above and beyond to help those around them.

She said: “We recognise there are many residents who work tirelessly in their communities and go the extra mile to help others. Tonight is about honouring those achievements and saying ‘thank you’ to them.

“Aragon offers more than just a roof over residents’ heads. Residents can get involved by joining our stakeholder panels, we can help residents to get into work or improve their employment prospects, we can help those who want to be more digitally active, we can support younger residents with youth activities – the community investment team has a lot to offer.

“The awards ceremony tonight is one way we can reward those residents who make their own important contribution.”

Other prizes on the night included young person of the year, involved customer of the year and personal journey award.

To find out more about Aragon Housing Association, which is based at Katherine’s House in Ampthill, have a look online at aragon-housing.co.uk.

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