A husband and wife, who have been involved with The Courtyard on Boothferry Road since it first opened its doors 20 years ago, have retired.
Jonathan and Ros Taylor first became involved with the Boothferry Road community project before renovation works even started and since then have gone on to play a crucial role in the project’s success.
Ros was awarded an MBE for her services to the community, which includes work she has done for many voluntary sector projects over the years, as well as her work for The Courtyard. She was instrumental in getting The Courtyard to the point it’s at today; a hub of the community used by dozens of community groups and hundreds of locals each year. Her husband, Jonathan, also played a hands-on role at The Courtyard and was heavily involved in the initial restoration of the building and ongoing maintenance work.
The courtyard is a former Victorian school, which took two years to renovate, from 1995 to 1997. It now employs 14 members of staff and has a team of volunteers that help in every area of the building.
Tracy Wharvell, chair of the board, said: “I would like to extend my gratitude to both Ros and Jonathan. What they have done for Goole and the wider community has been amazing. Thank you Ros and Jonathan on behalf of the board and the staff of the Boothferry Road Community Project.”