The Finchampstead Society

The Jones VC Trophy

Jones VC Trophy

In 1984 Col. and Mrs Jones granddaughter, Mrs Ruth de Courcey-Ireland, then 80 years old, gave the bowl to The Finchampstead Society, as a trophy to be presented each year to a person or persons who had made a significant voluntary contribution to the local community. First awarded in 1985

The Jones VC Trophy

Holders of The Jones VC Trophy

  1. 2018 Audrey Metcalfe
  2. 2017 Richard & Sarah Owen
  3. 2016 Ed & Sue Sampson
  4. 2015 Miss Beverley Kemp
  5. 2014 Mr Neil Doody
  6. 2013 Wendy & Keith Graham
  7. 2011 Mr Sydney Paulden
  8. 2010 Mr Jim Gallagher
  9. 2009 Trophy refurbishment
  10. 2008 Dr Dallyn Salter
  11. 2007 Mr Wally Chapman
  12. 2006 Mr Ian Adnams
  13. 2005 Mr Ken Chapman
  14. 2004 Maurice & Christine Driver
  15. 2003 Mrs Lauraine Newcombe
  16. 2002 Edward & Wendy Bickerdike
  17. 2001 Miss Joan Betts OBE
  18. 2000 Mr John Asteraki
  19. 1999 Jack & Christine Francis
  20. 1998 Mrs Carolyn Fox
  21. 1997 Mrs Betty Adnams
  22. 1996 Mrs Anne McKay
  23. 1995 Miss Armorel Billing
  24. 1994 Mrs Muriel Long
  25. 1993 Mrs M. Henderson
  26. 1992 Mr Bert Vile
  27. 1991 Mrs Joyce Hull
  28. 1990 Mrs Mollie Harle
  29. 1989 Dr & Mrs George Hadfield
  30. 1988 Mr & Mrs John Colbeck
  31. 1987 Miss Helen Taylor
  32. 1986 Mrs Freda Dalby
  33. 1985 The Beer Family

Jones VC Trophy 2018 awarded to
Audrey Metcalfe

Audrey Metcalfe receiving the trophy, presented by Neil Doody

Audrey moved to Finchampstead in 1953 and will be celebrating her 90th birthday in June. Since then, as well as raising four children, she has always been willing to get involved and help the community in any way she can.

For over 10 years Audrey assisted at the baby clinic within the doctors surgery helping with the weighing of babies and dispensing refreshments. It was a very busy social event back in late 50s early 60s. Whilst her children were growing up, she would often be asked by the school to help in the kitchen with lunches or with monitoring swimming pool activities after school, if there was a shortage of staff. She was also involved in a number of fund raising activities for the school.

Audrey also supported the Finchampstead Sports and Social club over the years and was part of the team of parents that set up the Sunday Football Club in the 60s. She remained their treasurer for many years. Audrey also helped in the kitchens for the cricket club during this time making delicious teas for players and spectators.

During the 60s, and into the 70s, Audrey also helped with the organisation of weekly bingo nights and whist drive evenings. This was to raise funds for the Finchampstead Park Management Committee, money raised going towards the upkeep of the Memorial Hall and park. She also helped at the local bridge club and was one of the parents that initially setup a youth club for the village and was instrumental in arranging outings by the youth club for local pensioners.

To give some idea of Audrey’s generosity of time she and her daughter ran a coffee morning at the hall for a local Motorcycle Veteran Club that wanted to use the local facilities.

Many residents will know Audrey because she sold/distributed the parish magazine for over 30 years and would also be seen selling poppies for the Royal British Legion in November.

Audrey has been involved with St. James church since arriving in the village and assists with their various fund raising events and has knitted numerous children hats for Christmas boxes.

In her later years Audrey volunteered her help to the Finchampstead (Sue Ryder) support group, originally set up by Mrs Mary Hadfield, and has been helping them for over 20 years.

This amazing lady is still seen around the village wearing a smile and offering to help where she can. All the years she has been in the village, she has been eager to assist with fund raising for the church, the Memorial Hall and the Park and Sports Club. Even now you will see her collecting money for refreshments or raffle tickets at many of the village events.

A true community spirited person.

Jones VC Trophy Colonel Jones

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