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Community champions honoured in Hambleton

Published on Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Community awards winners 2017

Over 200 people attended the Forum, last week to celebrate Hambleton’s annual ‘Community Awards’.

Now in their fourth year the awards pick out exceptional contributions to the district by residents young and old.

“The evening highlights the warmth and care of a dedicated group of people who work tirelessly for no pay to see through projects or organise services for their communities,” said Council Mrs Bridget Fortune, Portfolio Holder for Leisure Services, who hosted the event.

“The breadth of skills and commitment has reached a new dimension and it is amazing how  the awards have grown over the last four years. Moving to a new and bigger venue has  given the event the credit it deserves.”

The awards went to:

Service to Young People Award:   Nicky Smith for   ensuring that young people have access to a wide range of exciting, educational and inspirational opportunities across the district.

Service to Older People Award:   Easingwold Meals on Wheels for delivering 190 meals to people twice a week.

Service to Disability Award:  Northallerton Macular Support Group for  providing a lifeline for people with macular degeneration.

Community Group of the Year: Thirsk Yarnbombers for providing an inclusive community project that all ages and abilities can be a part of.

 Community Event of the Year: Northallerton Homegrown Food Festival  for continuing to provide a free family friendly event with activities and music for all ages.

Community Building of the Year:  The Forum, Northallerton for providing a high quality community facility

Young Volunteer of the Year: Jack Critchlow for being self motivated and creative when thinking of ways to use his love of music to support refugees and the vulnerable in society.

Volunteer of the Year: Jill Kessell for giving respite to carers, volunteering at her local church and feeding patients at the Friarage Hospital.

Parish Council of the Year:  Easingwold Town Council for undertaking a number of projects, including the friendliness initiative, the replacement skate park, refurbishment of the market place toilets, millfields vision, collaboration with the green spaces group, business forum, market green seating area refurbishment and celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Peter Davison Community Champion of the Year:  Sally Anderson for supporting a wide range of community projects to bring great benefit to all members of the community.