A COMMUNITY stalwart has been honoured.

Haworth man Maurice Baren has received a coveted trophy.

The Gordon Daley Award is given by Cross Roads Bowling Club in recognition of an individual's contribution to village life.

Mr Baren has been a senior steward at Lees Methodist Church for more than 40 years.

He has written several books on various subjects, including the church.

And he has raised many thousands of pounds for different causes with activities including head and beard shaves.

Mr Baren said the award, presented during a monthly coffee morning at the church, came as a "huge surprise".

"Even when I saw the trophy it didn't click at first that it was for me!" he said.

"Gradually it dawned on me.

"It's extremely nice to receive the award and naturally I'm delighted, but with whatever I do I don't seek reward."

The trophy was presented by parish councillor and bowling club team captain Tito Arana, himself a former recipient.

He praised Mr Baren's "dedication and enthusiasm".

And Richard Hargreaves, the club's secretary/treasurer, said: "Maurice's attitude of never saying no when he can say yes epitomises what the award is all about.

"He is a very worthy recipient."