The BHS South West Region were very grateful to receive a legacy from the late Robert Sullivan-Tailyour, former South West Regional Chairman. As a long standing volunteer himself, Robert was always very passionate and supportive of the work that volunteers undertook on behalf of the BHS at a local level. In recognition of this it was decided by the BHS Regional committee that some of Robert's legacy would be used to purchase a perpetual award for each BHS county committee to present to their own Volunteer of the Year which would be voted for by the committee.
The first recipient of the Robert Sullivan-Tailyour Volunteer of the Year award for BHS Avon was Anne Fay. Ann is the long standing County Access and Bridleways Officer for Bristol and South Gloucestershire and throughout the year has continued to be both proactive and reactive on behalf of local riders in protecting and preserving their off road riding network. One of the issues that Ann has been working on has recently come to fruition whereby the Public Rights of Way committee accepted the Rightsof Way Officer's recommendation to allow Watery Lane (between Cann Lane and Homeapple Hill) to be classed as a bridleway. There are still legal processes to be gone through but the big hurdle is passed. This means another route for riders is now available and all thanks to Ann's hard work and dedication.
BHS Avon Chairman, Julie Main presented Ann with her award at their Christmas meal.
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