THE recipient of the City of St Davids Community Award for 2014 has been announced as John Davies.

John, aged 66, was presented with his certificate at the City Council’s civic buffet in City Hall on Friday, December 5.

Each year the City Council invites people to nominate members of the local community whose work or service deserves to be recognised. And this year it was John’s name that was put forward.

He was commended for being an experienced bell ringer and captain of the Bell Tower at St David’s Cathedral. He started ringing in the 1960's and is always willing to help train new recruits, young and old.

John has been a long standing trustee, deacon and secretary of Ebenezer Congregations Chapel in St Davids, an active member of the hand bell ringers and a regular contributor to the Historical Society and Community Forum.

He is also involved in St Davids Care in the Community and for the past 12 years has delivered newspapers to residents throughout the city.

John, who has lived in St Davids since 1975, said he was shocked and surprised at being given the award.

He said: “I didn’t know anything about it; they had managed to keep it from me.

“It was a shock and a surprise, but a nice surprise to be recognised by my community.”

John was recently made redundant from the post office but is hoping to find something else in the New Year to keep him busy.

John’s award said: “Your dedication and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated throughout the community."

He was described as a “cheerful and reliable deliverer of newspapers throughout the city for many years, always asking older and more vulnerable citizens if they needed any help.”

John was presented with his award by the Mayor of St Davids, Councillor David Halse.