In addition to celebrating the very best shops, pubs and eateries once a year in our annual poll we like to occasionally recognise the individuals who help to make Penge such a great place to live, work and play. This year we have awarded our special Community Award to Millie Knights.
The first time some of us became aware of Millie was when she’d appear at random street planting areas at weekends, with her purple bag from the council, tidying up the patch and removing litter.
Since then she has popped up, massively involved, in all sorts of local activities including
- Friends of Cator and Alexandra Park – overseeing the maintenance and wellbeing of two lovely parks
- Penge Food Hub – linking the providers of seasonal ethical food with consumers
- Penge Partners - local community group, responsible for the annual Penge Festival.
Our favourite Millie moment this year was the terrific Paws in the Park, which was an event in Cator Park where hundreds gathered to enjoy an afternoon of dog related fun and competitions. Millie has since organised Santa Paws, a Christmas themed walk for humans and their furry friends.
Millie does all of this voluntarily, while somehow finding time to have a full time job in healthcare and looking after two lovely bothersome Schnauzers. She’s great and a deserved winner.