Bude’s Lucille receives 60 Over 60 Award

60 over 60 highlights is an initiative by Cornwall Council that acknowledges the achievements of sixty inspirational residents across Cornwall who have taken steps to live and age well in their sixties and beyond.

Local resident Lynda Savory nominated Lucille Opie for an award several months ago, as she is such an integral part of Bude, involved in so very many Clubs and Societies, from Old Cornwall Society to Bude Canal and many others which she is totally committed to. She also regularly contributes to Bude & Beyond so we have communicated a good deal.
Lynda says: If something involves, affects or benefits Bude, Lucille will be there! I’m sure I’m not the only one who admires her so much for her community spirit and tireless effort! I was so pleased that she was one of the final 60 to receive the award, and was privileged to attend the award ceremony in the Council Chamber at County Hall with her on Tuesday evening.

Lucille, front row right

Launched in April this year, after a long shortlisting process carried out by Councillor Rob Rotchell, Nigel Clark from Age UK Cornwall and Helen Tite from iCareiMove, Lucille is one of the chosen 60. Here’s what was said of this amazing Bude woman:

Lucille Opie is an active and engaged member of her local community in Bude.

Lucille – at the age of 90 – gives her time to support a number of committees and projects, including the committee for; Bude and Stratton Hospital, The Bude Canal Trust and The Old Cornwall Society.  Despite her busy lifestyle, she is always available to chat to friends or help those with a problem.

She also runs a regular creative writing course and is very involved with the Bude U3A. She explains: “I am passionate about Cornwall and Bude and since my retirement from teaching in 1995, I have belonged and still belong to several voluntary groups. The U3A is an excellent organisation that helps bring communities together and there are also many other voluntary groups in Bude. I feel this is because Bude is small and small is beautiful.”

Alongside this, Lucille was a member of the steering group for the Bude canal regeneration in 2008 and continues today as a trustee of Bude Canal and Harbour Society where she, along with other volunteers, are currently working together to celebrate its bicentenary.

She believes that being part of a community is the key to finding happiness and success in life and feels that “we cannot do things or accomplish things on our own. It requires a group
of strong like-minded people who love their area and have the challenge of a goal to work towards that will improve and therefore benefit the whole community.”

Well done to Lucille, and to Lynda for nominating her.

5 Comments

  • Lucille says:

    I want to say that I feel very humbled receiving this award. There are many others who deserve this accolade for the volunteer work they do in the Bude area. I am sure it is because Lynda, who nominated me is so adept on a computer that she read of this award and thought of me. This year was a first and Cornwall Council are so pleased with its success that they are going to run it annually.Anyone who is interested to know more, find the 60 over 60 on the CC webssite. There are 5 categories for the award.

  • Well done, Lucille! Richly deserved!

  • Cora Stam says:

    Oh Lucille, you are a role model! Very much involved in community life, drawing our attention to issues that matter to all of us. If anyone deserves such an award, it is you 🙂

  • Trudy George says:

    Well done Lucille, I know Mum (Candy) would have been so pleased for you.

    • Lucille says:

      Thank you, Kate and Trudy,
      I am grateful to you both. Trudy, have you heard we have lost the wonderful Ray Hockin, our chairman of the L of F since dear Candy left us? That is very cruel, he had so much more to give the community.
      Great to see you keep in touch with Bude since Candy’s demise.
      Take care of yourselves
      Lucille

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