DEVOTING time and energy to things that she doesn't have to do is how the first nominee for The Chronicle's Rural Woman of the Year is described.
Natalie Read, 39, was nominated for the award by John Gray, a parish councillor in Kelsall.
Natalie is the council clerk but gets involved in many other aspects of village life.
John said: 'Natalie does things like pick up litter around the recreation ground. She doesn't have to do it but teenagers use the area and some of them just don't respect it.
'And I don't mean bits of paper - sometimes bottles are buried in the ground which would ruin the lawn-mower. Natalie spots these and digs them out.
'She is a real unsung heroine. No-one asks her to do these things - she just quietly gets on with it.'
Natalie is also involved with the folk festival in May.
John added: 'At this year's folk festival we had a bit of trouble with some youngsters who had had a bit too much lager at the Olive Tree pub. Natalie and a friend went down to the pub, which took a lot of courage, and sorted it out.
'She also keeps in contact with the staff at the Co-op to ensure that they aren't selling alcohol to under age children.'
Natalie is married to John Brett and the couple have a son Kieran, 10.
She said: 'I just do what I feel I have to do and I like to get involved.'
To vote for Natalie to win the Rural Woman of the Year award, see the panel to the right. Her number is 01.
If she wins, she and John will be invited to the Rural Women's Awards dinner at Chester's Town Hall on Thursday, October 19.
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