Community centre tribute at memorial event for Northampton community campaigner

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A memorial event to commemorate a community champion in Northampton will take place on Saturday.

Betty Onley, who lived in the Spencer and Dallington area, passed away in January of this year after a battle with an illness.

Mrs Onley worked for Northampton Borough Council and specifically at The Spencer Dallington Community Centre between 1980 until her retirement in 2010, for which she received a long service award from the council. In her time at the communitycentre she was not only extremely well known in the area but she made a hugely positive contribution to the local community.

She received a certificate of appreciation as an Unsung Hero from Northamptonshire Police in 2004 for her contribution to community safety.

It was her constant and powerful sense of responsible community that made Betty such a positive force locally, which was was underlined further in 2011 when she was a key player in the re-launch of the Spencer Dallington Residents’ Association alongside Councillor Gareth Eales (Labour, Spencer).

Councillor Eales said: “The positive influence Betty had on the Spencer & Dallington area is immeasurable and she genuinely wanted to just make things better and help people.

“On a personal level I am eternally grateful for all the help she gave me, Betty was not only someone I knew growing up in the area, but someone I classed as a friend - she was a true pillar of the Spencer & Dallington community, who is sorely missed.

“I hope for Betty’s widower Derek and the family, that the event on Saturday is fitting and well attended.”

The memorial event will start at 1pm on Saturday June 13 and will see the main hall named The Betty Onley Hall and a photograph fitted to the wall. After a short ceremony there will be lunch and a social gathering at The Wheatsheaf Pub, Dallington Road. All are welcome.