A lifelong Hooe villager was presented with the Chairman’s Civic Award by the Chairman of Wealden District Council, Cllr Brian Redman.
Dick Carey was nominated for the honour by Cllr Pam Doodes.
He was born in Hooe and deeply engaged in the life of the village.
In his teenage years he highlighted the need for activities for youngsters and ran a Boys Club and a football team. This was just the start of his involvement, because he went on to become a member of the parish council for some 40 years, taking the chair for the last 20.
Pam said: “As a ‘hands on’ Chairman he quietly and efficiently ensures the work is done, if not by others then he will set to, and do it himself. If grass cutting or ground clearance needs doing, more often than not he will jump onto his tractor and get on with the job.
He is a wheelwright with his workshop in the village. Never a day goes by without somebody popping in for advice, a chat or a repair. Many times he has replaced a stay in time for the next church service when one of those learning to ring tower bells has broken one in their enthusiasm!
Dick’s hobby is indoor pony driving, using the most beautiful equipment he has made himself. Often he can be seen driving his ponies through the village. If anyone in the village, of any age, shows an interest he willingly spends time with them showing them the rudiments of the sport. He welcomes the Youth Club Members and has in the past organised pony events for them to learn from and enjoy.”
She also praised him as a generous man who, when he discovered the Hooe History Society was short of cash and in need of a projector, bought one and offered it for members’ use at any time.