A community volunteer described as the ‘heart and soul of Church’ is set to receive a prestigious award.
Bernard Scully will be honoured by the council with a Ruby Award which recognises people across the borough for their work in the community.
Vice-chair of the Hyndburn Heritage and Community Group, Bernard was brought up in the Church area and has lived there all his life.
Over the years both he and his wife Doreen have devoted much of their time to making the area a better place.
Bernard was involved with the Prospects group which transformed a piece of land behind Church Kirk into a garden and picnic site.
He has also been instrumental in helping Gatty Park achieve Green Flag status and creating a community food growing project with other volunteers and the Parks Team.
Bernard told the Observer: “I’m extremely proud and it’s a great honour.
“I got a call about a month ago from the council to say I had been nominated from the Church area.
“Even though the award will be presented to me it is for all the other people I have been involved with.”
Bernard will receive the award at a council meeting at Accrington Town Hall on Thursday, November 20 and said it will be a ‘family occasion’.
He said: “All my family will be going along and then we will go out and celebrate for a drink and a meal afterwards.
“I just wish that my dad William Scully who was councillor of the Church Urban District and a good friend of mine Alan Pearson were still here so they could go up with me and collect the award.
“My dad would have been quite proud and both fought well for the people of Church.”
Councillors will also show their appreciation for Sandy Lane Gardening Group in Accrington who earlier this year were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award possible for a voluntary group in the United Kingdom.
They will also celebrate Altham business Whatmore UK who also were also awarded the Queen’s Award for Industry.