At Ringwood Town Council’s Annual Assembly on Wednesday night awards were bestowed on two of Ringwood’s well known residents for their exceptional support to the community over many years.

Christina Edwards the retiring Head Teacher of Ringwood School of 12 years was praised for her support of pupils, staff and schools involvement in community life which councillors felt had provided the town with a lasting legacy to be proud of.

The award was given by the Town Mayor of Ringwood and Council Student Advisers Sam Whittingham, Natasha Doe and Bella Rix who are also pupils of Ringwood School.

The second recipient Roger Bettle was not available at the meeting and will be presented his certificate in June for his contribution to the town.

At a later Full Council meeting that night the Town Mayor of Ringwood, Councillor Michael Thierry, was also voted in for his second year of office and was full of praise for both recipients and wished Christina Edwards a happy retirement and safe trip and she plans to go travelling to Nepal later this year.

A new Deputy Town Mayor was also voted in on Wednesday night as Councillor Christine Ford stepped down and Councillor Tim Ward was unanimously voted in by fellow councillors and accepted the new office gratefully.

He has only been a councillor for 12 months but has played an active role in council business and has recently supported Clean for the Queen projects in the town.