Newtown Township Couple Receive Yates Award from Pickering Manor

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NEWTOWN, PA – Newtown Township residents Allen and Betty Fidler were honored Saturday night at Pickering Manor’s first Sips N Suds fundraiser since 2019.

Community Welfare Council Board Member John Parry presented the Fidlers with the Sidney T. Yates Award, given to a donor for his many years of vision and support for Pickering Manor, its residents, the people of Newtown and surrounding communities.

The council, a non-profit board that oversees Pickering Manor, the Newtown Theater and the Lighthouse Cemetery, established the award several years ago to honor Sidney for all the work he has done for Pickering and the Newtown community.

“From time to time, we bestow this award on members of the Newtown community who have helped Pickering Manor become the fine establishment it is today,” Parry said. “This year, we are pleased to present this award to Betty and Allen Fidler,” he said as the event space inside the Rafters roared with applause.

The Fidlers are well known in the community for their active involvement with Pickering Manor, the Newtown Rotary Club and the Newtown United Methodist Church.

The permanent residents of Newtown graduated from Council Rock High School where they met and fell in love as students. They married in 1964.

After college, Allen taught history at Pennsbury and also coached football. When Betty finished school, she returned to work at the family business – H. Stanford Roberts Nursery in Newtown.

After two years of teaching, Allen joined his wife on the day care staff.

At the nursery, they have developed many horticultural practices recognized by their peers as avant-garde.

While raising their families, both were active in Newtown United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees. They were Sunday school teachers and youth group counselors.

Allen spent 31 years in a variety of positions in Newtown Township government, including Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Chairman of the Planning Commission and a member of the Newtown, Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority Board of Directors.

While working full-time at the nursery, Betty was president of the United Methodist Women. She also co-chaired CHOP Daisy Days, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.

Allen was president of the Pennsylvania Landscape Nursery Association, a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Newtown for over 25 years, and during part of that time served as the company’s secretary.

Allen is a member of the Newtown Rotary Club and a former member of the Newtown Exchange Club.

Betty served on the Pickering Manor Board of Trustees for over 25 years. She is currently Secretary General and a member of the Board of Directors.

“As you can see, Betty and Allen have contributed greatly to our Newtown community and to Pickering Manor. And they are grateful to the many former members of the community who have been their mentors,” Parry said.

The fundraising night also included live music from The Retrograde Band (Matt Setzer formerly of Bridge Beat Duo), dancing, gourmet food stations, a silent auction and a wine draw.

The highlight of the evening included a selection of regional craft beers, as well as distillery and wine tastings from several guest vendors including Newtown Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery, FitVine Wine, Triple Sun Spirits, Desiato Vineyards and Cardinal Hollow Winery.

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