Photo: All of the winners, along with our Chairman Councillor Liz Eyre, and Councillor Gerry O’Donnell
At a glittering Community Recognition Awards evening held at Peopleton Village Hall on 8 March 2018, Wychavon District Council honoured its community heroes of 2017.
Open to the whole community, the awards give those who have volunteered, coached or helped others in the district a chance to gain well deserved recognition for their efforts in helping to make Wychavon a better place to live and work.
Wychavon’s judging panel read through all of the nominations and the inspirational stories in its search for those people who had done the most to help people of all ages improve their neighbourhood, club, society or community during 2017.
The categories and winners in the awards were:
- Young Volunteer award – this went to Kiaragh Brown (aged 13) from Evesham, for the work she does raising money for British Heart Foundation and raising awareness of pancreatic cancer.
- Volunteer award – this went to Colin Shepherd from Pershore for the many voluntary hours he puts in to organising Pershore Carnival and raising funds for charity.
- Arts Recognition award – this went to Rhys Jones from Droitwich for all of the hard work he has put in to making Artsfest a success.
- Sporting Hero award – this went to Amy Pullen for the time and dedication she puts in to coaching for Droitwich Taekwondo and fundraising for LeukaemiaCARE.
- Both the Community Project Award and the Enabling Healthy Lives award – went to Mike Jones for the outstanding efforts he has put in to the success of the Mettabox Gym to help the residents in Wychavon become healthier and happier.
- Community Group award – this went to Evesham Round Table for the hard work and dedication volunteers have put in to raising funds with the Santa Sleigh project and Evesham Carnival.
- Lifetime Achievement award – there were two awards given here. The first was to Mr and Mrs Harris of the Coach and Horses pub in Pinvin for all of the time and help they put in to all of the events in Pinvin and raising money for charities. The second award went to Anne Poulter for all her years of dedication given to the scouts, but especially to Badsey Beavers.
Tracy Grubb, Community Development Officer at Wychavon District Council, said: “Every category this year was full of very well deserving people who put the needs of others before themselves. It was very hard for the judges to choose the finalists let alone the winners and it just goes to show how many unselfish people dedicate their time and efforts to make others happy and feel included in their communities. I feel very proud that they are part of the Wychavon District.”
Some of the feedback from winners at the event:
Rhys Jones, winner of the Arts Recognition Award, said: “I was delighted to be a winner last night. It was an excellent event.”
Colin Shepherd, winner of the Volunteer Award, said: “It was a brilliant evening that was enjoyed by all.”
To see photos from the awards evening and to read the nominations for the winners go to
www.wychavon.gov.uk/events-training-and-workshops and follow the link for Community Recognition Awards 2017.