The Ridgeons 25 Club, which was established nearly 60 years ago as a network and support group for the company’s retired employees and to recognise colleagues who have been employed for 25 years or more with the company, says it has welcomed and presented awards to three new members at its annual 25 Club dinner.
Established in 1958, the Club says it acknowledges the achievements of all Ridgeons employees who have accomplished 25 years’ service or more. It also acts as a network between members, where they are encouraged to meet and remain in contact with retired employees as well as their families.
Deborah Harper from Ridgeons March in Cambridgeshire, Diane Hewitt from Ridgeons Peterborough and Simon Trimnell from Ridgeons Saffron Walden, were all praised for their achievements as they collected their awards. All were described as ‘hard-working and supportive individuals, who have helped the Ridgeons business grow over the past quarter of a century’. All three received inscribed pens, gifts and a framed special service certificate, which were presented by Gordon Ridgeon and 25 Club president, Rachel Anderson.
Gordon Ridgeon, the 25 Club vice president, commented: “We are delighted to have held another successful year of the 25 Club. On behalf of all the Ridgeon family, we are so happy to have celebrated the loyalty and service of our employees and are proud to have welcomed Deborah, Diane and Simon to the Club. It is great to see so many of our employees reaching such impressive milestones and we hope to welcome many more in the coming years.”
The annual dinner also honoured the work of Ridgeons’ Linkscheme volunteers, who volunteer their time outside of work to keep in touch with retired members of staff in order to support their welfare. Over 290 former Ridgeon employees are said to receive regular phone calls or visits.
The 25 Club annual dinner and awards was held at The Nucleus in Great Chesterford in October and was attended by Ridgeons chairman, Dalton Phillips, CEO Ian Northen and other members of the executive team.