Many years of tireless community work by a Studham octogenarian has been rewarded by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire.
Des Salmon has been actively involved in Studham life since he and his wife Anne moved to the village in 1975.
And he was among a group of people who recently received a Citizenship Award from the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Deborah Inskip.
Mr Salmon’s honour was in recognition of “great and valuable services working tirelessly for the village of Studham and acting in the wider community in the Bedfordshire Advocacy Service for Older People”.
Born in London in 1932, Mr Salmon and his parents moved to Stanmore where he joined the Boy Scouts, attended Edgware High School and was a keen cricketer. He qualified as an accountant in 1957 and he and Anne married two years later, living firstly in St Albans and then moving to Oldhill Wood, Studham.
He served on the committee of Oldhill Wood Residents’ Association and wasa chairman of Studham Village Hall and Studham Parish Council, a position from which he retired last year. Through The Friends of Studham Church, who raise money for the fabric of St Mary’s Church in the village, Mr Salmon has been heavily involved in the organisation of Studham May Fair.
Held annually on the village common, the event last year was the 30th in which he had been involved.