School Crossing Patrol of the Year 2013
Our district finalist from Basingstoke is Belinda Mott. Belinda patrols for Castle Hill Junior School on Winklebury Way. She secured her place in the final with a nomination from Jack Freeman on behalf of children and staff at the school.
Belinda is very pleased to be nominated and believes that it must mean she is doing her job properly. She enjoys meeting people and helping children cross the road.
Mel Preston, who patrols for Selbourne Primary School secured her place as the district finalist for East Hampshire with a nomination from Isabella De La Chambre.
Mel was very pleased and surprised to be nominated and would be over the moon if she won! She enjoys seeing everyone in the mornings and getting people across the road safely.
Lynne Pothecary patrols crossroads near to Shakespeare Infant and Junior Schools in Eastleigh. Lynne secured her place in the final with a nomination from Seetal Kaur and Kyra Patterson.
Lynne said she would probably pass out if she won. She loves keeping the children safe and enjoys listening to their funny stories, because they make her laugh.
Our Fareham district finalist is Lorraine Binning who patrols for St John the Baptist School in Titchfield Common. To secure her palce in the final Lorraine received a nomination from Elenor Hughes.
Lorraine was really thrilled and proud to be nominated. She enjoys seeing her chidlren and keeping them safe, she says the parents are lovely and that it's nice to know she is well thought of. Some of the tiny children she crossed cannot say lollipop lady so they say 'Ladypop' instead.
John Sadler, school crossing patrol near Brockhurst Infant School, in Gosport, secured his place in the final with a nomination from Sophie Durrant.
John is so proud to be the finalist. He loves his job and enjoys seeing the children and hearing about their school day.
Jim Crook, who patrols near St John the Baptist School near Andover, secured his place as Test Valley finalist with a nomination from Noah Doe.
Jim was chuffed to be nominated and said it was nice to be recognised for a job he loves doing and he enjoys meeting the children and other people.
Jim recalls one day when a three year old presented him with her fist and said 'Respect'
Our Hart finalist is David Hoare who patrols near Velmead Junior School, his place in the final was secured by a nomination from Lottie Essling.
David was shocked and surprised but very pleased to be nominated as a finalist. He likes the job very much and would be over the moon if we won.
Marlborough Infant School in Aldershot submitted a book of 26 nominations for Tony Stevens, who is the finalist for Rushmoor.
The picture that caught the eye of the judges was by Cerys Pridmore.
Tony was humbled that a child had nominated him, he has never won anything so this was a big surprise! He likes being out in the open and meeting people, he says it's really a friendly job as everyone waves and is happy.
Tony recalls one day when he was asked by a little girl how old he was, he told her to guess, so she did and said 47, he told her she was right even though the numbers were actually the wrong way round.
Bill Chittil, who patrols near Springwood Infant and Junior Schools in Waterlooville, secured his place as a Havant finalist with a nomination from Molly Passfield.
Bill was taken aback but pleased to be nominated, he enjoys the job in its entirety but his main objective is the safety of the children. He would however be very pleased and proud if he won.
Carol Ibbott is the district for the New Forest and she secured her place here today with a nomination from Arjay Sharma, who drew a picture and wrote a poem.
Carol was over the moon, surprised and proud to be nominated as a finalist, she enjoys the social aspect of the job, meeting people and making them smile.
Our Winchester district finalist is Julia Lovejoy-Brinkman who patrols the A32 near Droxford Junior School. Her place in the final was secured with an acrossstick poem from Megan Dilley and Josie Briggs.
Julia was overjoyed to be nominated for a second time (she was a finalist in 2010) but would be shocked and surprised if she won. She said it is a lovely job to do and the children were always happy to see her.