A special award has been presented to Ernie Broom, who is the current chairman of HEART, the the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants, in Bury St Edmunds.
It has come from St Edmundsbury councillor Paul Hopfensperger who represents the St Olaves Ward and who handed over the award for outstanding contribution to the community to Mr Broom.
He said: “When I was about 12 years old I met a gentleman at the Centa Youth Club, in Bury St Edmunds, who assisted my then swimming coach, John Stemp, in running the centre. That man was Ernie Broom.
“So if my calculations are correct I have known Ernie for over 43 years now and it has been my honour to work for him here on the estate as firstly a Suffolk County councillor, but more recently as a town and borough councillor.
“His enthusiasm for everything he does is un-wavering. Be it convincing ASDA to come to town, trying to protect the three tier schooling system on the estate, being chair of this Over 60’s club and right through to providing the new memorial garden currently being installed on the Oakes Road playing field. His achievements are too many to list here, but I think you get my point. He is a pillar of this community, and puts everything he has, into everything he does.
“Now, I hope Ernie won’t mind me telling you, that in recent months his enthusiasm has been challenged by both personal health issues, and the lack of being able to get people to help him, in particular with the HEART residents association.
“So last week, I had a think about what I could do personally as one of your local councilors to say ‘Thank you – we appreciate all that you do for us, and for your community – The Howard Estate’.
“In December 2016 St Edmundsbury Borough Council agreed to set up a scheme which would give ward councillors the opportunity to reward up to two people within their wards during their four-year term of office by giving them a scroll of honour.”
Pictured above is Ernie Broom and councillor Paul Hopfensperger.