ACTION woman is the best description of Barbara Turner, our nomination as the Community Champion of the Year.
Human dynamo Barbara is simply irrepressible – and is the backbone of Northwich Carnival and various other good works.
Not even the death of her mother the day before the carnival was allowed to spoil the town’s big day out.
“The show had to go on. It’s what mum would have wanted,” says Barbara.
Her 90-year-old mother Marjorie Turner was president of the carnival after various committee roles over 40 years.
Barbara quickly grew to love the carnival too and has been taking on the key roles in the committee for 34 years.
She’s currently the secretary – the hardest job of all. “The work never stops. As soon as one’s over, we get busy organising and fundraising for the next.
“But I’m not complaining. I love it. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to organise something for others to enjoy. And we raise money for charity too.
“It costs a lot to put on the carnival but we hope to raise a four-figure profit for charity. Northwich Infirmary has been the been the beneficiary for the last couple of years,” said Barbara, who works as a teaching assistant.
If that weren’t enough, she’s involved in the Mid Cheshire Operatic Society.
An accomplished soprano, she loves to sing – and being the natural organiser that she is, she also acts as musical director occasionally and helps organise the annual panto.
She also organises the concert group that goes out into the community giving performances.
And Barbara completes a community hat-trick with her busy role as secretary of Northwich Royal British Legion’s Women’s Section.
Again, it is the cause that motivates her – raising money for the servicemen and women in need of assistance from the benevolent fund.
Her non-stop schedule would have burned out lesser mortals many moons ago – but Barbara’s says she’s not even thought of quitting.
“I love my town and its people. I was raised here and it’s a part of me. It’s wonderful to put something back.”