Local hero honoured after nearly 70 years’ service to the community

Date Released - 12/10/2018

One of Tameside’s community stalwarts has been recognised in a special event hosted by the Civic Mayor.

May Trill, who is 91-years-old, has worked with local community groups and charities including Christ Church in Denton and Denton Brownies and Girl Guides for nearly 70 years.

She was invited along with friends and people from her church group to afternoon tea in Mayor’s Parlour, where we she was presented with a surprise certificate and bouquet of flowers in honour of all her voluntary work.

May originally moved to Tameside in 1949 from Fleetwood and started working at St Mary’s School, Haughton Green, and she continued to work at local primary schools throughout her career.

Her first voluntary position in the area was with Christ Church Girl Guides in 1949, when she was asked to be captain. Since then she has performed a variety of roles for both Guides and Brownies including trainer, helping out the Brown Owl and also serving on the Denton & District Council for the Brownies and Guides.

Since moving to Denton, May has been an active member of Christ Church community volunteering her time to fulfil a number of important duties including serving on the church council, being church warden and even playing the organ. May is now seen as the church historian due to the wealth of knowledge she has.

She also volunteered with multiple schools for 20 years after retiring, where amongst other things May helped to teach children with special educational needs how to swim, taught pupils to play the recorder and undertook library duties.

Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “I was delighted to be there when May was presented with this award in recognition of years of invaluable community service. She’s a true stalwart of the community and I’d like to express my gratitude for all the great work she’s done since moving to Denton all those years ago.”

May said: “When I first came to Denton the warden at Christ Church asked if I’d had anything to do with the Guides movement. I then became involved with the organisation until I was 65 and really enjoyed all the outdoor camping trips we’d take the girls on. After my time with the Guides I then went to go and work with the division in Ashton. My time with Christ Church in Denton has also been full of many happy memories and I still love getting involved when I can today.”


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