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Those honoured for their contribution to Knowsley’s communities (L-R) Dave Rigby; John Davey; Lee Dunkley; Keith Taylor

Knowsley’s community champions honoured

by Laura Johnston

Four outstanding people have been honoured for their invaluable contribution over many years to the people of Knowsley.

Knowsley Council’s certificate of achievement is awarded to individuals for exceptional services or outstanding voluntary contribution to the community.

The Mayor of Knowsley presented the awards and recipients were officially recognised at the first meeting of the Council in 2024.

Keith Taylor

Keith volunteers his time at Malvern Primary School in Huyton. He drives the school mini bus to transport the students to a wide range of enhanced curriculum opportunities, activities which would not go ahead without his support.

When not driving the minibus, Keith is usually undertaking maintenance and repair work and he creates beautiful learning environments with bespoke, handcrafted furniture and enhancements.

Keith Taylor and Mayor of Knowsley Cllr Eddie Connor

Keith Taylor, honoured in recognition of his exceptional contributions to Malvern Primary School and the broader Huyton community.

The Headteacher at Malvern Primary School, Mr James, said:

“Keith’s selfless dedication and ceaseless efforts have left an indelible mark on Malvern Primary School and the wider Huyton community. The award is very well deserved.”

Keith Taylor, commented:

“I would like to thank the Mayor and his fellow Councillors for bestowing me such an honour. Also, thank you to Mr James, Malvern Headmaster, for nominating me. I feel overwhelmed and honoured to receive such an award.”

John Davey

John, a qualified pharmacist of over 30 years, is the Founder and Managing Director of Davey’s Chemists.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic John and his staff helped manage the Paediatric roll-out for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and assisted in helping vulnerable young people from Knowsley and way beyond the borough’s boundary.

Also,  during that time John and his staff worked hard to ensure that as many Knowsley residents as possible were vaccinated as possible.

More recently, John has again been working to protect residents from the new variant bringing in extra staff from the NHS to accommodate the growing number of residents who need to be vaccinated.

John Davey and Mayor of Knowsley Cllr Eddie Connor.

John Davey honoured for his outstanding commitment and services to the residents of Knowsley.

John Davey said:

“It was quite humbling to receive an award for doing my job looking after the local community but wonderful to receive the recognition. And I received it not only in recognition of my work but in recognition of the work of a wonderful team of people who are committed to the local community, it’s a testament to their hard work, endeavour and care.”

Dave Rigby

As a proud Prescotian, Dave has for more than 20 years supported Knowsley’s annual Civic Act of Remembrance in Prescot on Remembrance Sunday.

Dave very willingly gives up his time to support young people from the borough’s Cadet services; Guides, Brownies and Rainbow units who are standard bearers, preparing them for the day and ensuring they follow the standards and protocols demanded to honour our fallen heroes.

Following Remembrance Sunday each year, the council receives many compliments about the event and Dave’s assistance is a key factor.

Dave Rigby and Mayor of Knowsley Cllr Eddie Connor

Dave Rigby honoured for his outstanding contribution to the success of Knowsley Council’s annual Civic Act of Remembrance.

Dave Rigby, said:

“Not only was it a surprise but also an honour for my contribution to be recognised although it is not done for recognition but for the community.”

Lee Dunkley

Lee is the band leader of Classic Brass who are based in Sheffield but, for 30 years he has supported Knowsley Council’s Remembrance Sunday service.

As bass drum player, he leads the Remembrance Parade from Prescot Primary School to the Parish Church and then again on the return journey after the services.

Lee is a key figure at the front of the parade and he and his colleagues always deliver to the highest standards.

Lee Dunkley and the Mayor of Knowsley Cllr Eddie Connor.

Lee Dunkley honoured for his outstanding contribution to the success of Knowsley Council’s annual Civic Act of Remembrance.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:

“A sincere well done to all of the recipients, the awards are extremely well deserved.


“The commitment these individuals have given to the residents of Knowsley is nothing short of outstanding and on behalf of the Council I’d would like to thank them all for their invaluable contribution.”