The Wychavon Community Recognition Awards 2017 were held on 8th March 2018 at Peopleton Village Hall. The top finalists from each of the eight categories were invited along with their guests to the ceremony where the winner was announced. After welcome drinks and a tasty buffet the guests were seated. Councillor Gerry O’ Donnell and Chair of the council, Liz Eyre presented the awards to the winners. They went as follows : 

Young Volunteers 

Nominees

  • Phoebe Chan
  • Kiaragh Brown 

Winner

Kiaragh Brown - Over the past 12 months Kiaragh has raised nearly £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation through collecting money, book sale and packing bags at Tesco. It was her chosen charity when Carnival Queen, Wallace House by supporting and singing there and Pancreatic Cancer UK after losing her grandad to the disease in June 2017. 
Whilst at Church Lench she supported the installation of a defibrallator at the school and she chose this charity because her childhood friend suffers from a heart complaint and she wanted to raise awareness as she is now by trying to promote early diagnosis for pancreatic cancer. She won Evesham Musician of the Year in June as a vocalist and gives her time and effort to support charity functions, events at school and in the wider community to help causes.In the community there is now a defib at Church Lench and she has attended and completed first aid and defib training. 
Kiaragh is driven, determined and dogmatic. She is a good listener and at Tesco spoke to many people wanting to talk about the loss of their loved ones. She is a good role model for other kids in the school and has talked about it in school assemblies, at brownies and guides. 

 

Volunteer Award

Nominees

  • Colin Shepherd
  • Tina Fernihough
  • Anne Poulter

 

Winner

Colin Shepherd - Colin has been Chairman of Pershore Carnival Committee since 2011.
Last year numbers dropped and Colin worked hard to recruit new members and provided support to all those new members to ensure that the Carnival was another great success despite the
appalling weather. He visited schools and local community groups to encourage them to get involved in the procession which is the key driver of raising funds for the nominated charity by means of a bucket collection.
Pershore born and bred, Colin has devoted much of his life to the Pershore Community as well as caring for his wife Ann who suffers from MS. A massive football fan, Colin was heavily involved with Pershore Town FC and maintains his contact with them. He also supports initiatives in the local schools. He always wants the people of Pershore, particularly children and families to enjoy life and treasure their community. Only recently he spent a cold foggy evening joining in with the Santa Sleigh collection, he walked 4 miles in freezing conditions despite being in his 70’s. For him Pershore Carnival is a day for the people of Pershore to come together and celebrate. Colin is standing down after this years events so it would be particularly appropriate to recognise all that Colin has done for the town in these circumstances. 

 

Sporting Hero

Nominees

  • Neil Bates
  • Amy Pullen

Winner

Amy Pullen - Amy has been committed to her training and becoming a role model, part of the junior instructor team she has been planning and delivering classes and one to one coaching at her home club, Droitwich Taekwon-Do. She has built her teaching confidence to the point where she has planned and delivered hour long sessions to both the young and old alike. She is one of the junior ambassadors for the organisation and the leaders of the group regularly ask her for feedback on lessons from a younger persons perspective. She is heavily involved in fundraising for LeukaemiaCARE with the group by participating in fundraising events. She is lovely, a fantastic young individual with the world at her feet and the ability and drive to make a real difference in the martial arts community and indeed health and wellbeing. 

 

Community Project Award

 

Nominees

  • Mike Jones
  • Jane Bugg 

 

Winner

Mike Jones - Mike started Mettabox Gym with no money but a lifelong ambition to help his local community. He has a built a gyk from scratch and changed the lives of so many residents in the area. He welcomes ex offenders to his gym through West Mercia Sports partnership programme and helped them feel accepted back into the community and change their lives. He has also started children’s classes and camps making them aware of how healthy and beneficial it is. He also offers free fitness classes to Wychavon members as all he wants to do is help people lose weight and be happy and healthy. He has also sponsored a local netball team and given them access to the gym. He provides a safe and welcoming service to the community and goes the extra mile for everyone. Recently he helped a lady with a brain injury jump again with his sheer determination and love a lot of things wouldn’t be possible without him. He is amazing…..he has a huge heart…….he is honest…..and he is dedicated to his business. 

 

Enabling Healthy Lives

Nominees

  • Mike Jones
  • Jane Bugg
  • Liz Jauncey 

Winner

Mike Jones - Mike opened the first Mettabox Gym just over 18 months ago with the hope of introducing functional style training to Droitwich. He puts on additional training sessions for those who want to focus on specific areas and opens the gym in his own time to allow members to access it out of hours. Mike supports everyone in the gym, however especially those that have come through the Healthier, Happier, Fitter, Stronger programme who he continues to encourage and mentor after they have completed the course if they want to continue with the training, all of which he does on a voluntary basis. He has started courses aimed at complete fitness beginners to encourage inactive people to get moving. Mikes patience and encouragement, sense of humour and guidance keeps people coming back day in day out. The positivity and energy he gives off means that it is impossible to leave feeling anything other than motivated and inspired and its his genuine interest in seeing people become healthier and happier that have helped create this amazing community. 

 

 

Art Recognition Award

Nominees

  • Rhys Davies

 

Winner

Rhys Davies - Rhys Jones – Appreciation and abundant gratitude for his hard work must go to the architect of ArtsFest, Rhys Jones who put in a tremendous amount of detailing and planning into holding a three week long Droitwich ArtsFest on behalf of DAN (Droitwich Arts Network) last summer. Even though it could not have been held without those of our members who contributed to the enormous success of the event, Rhys was the instigator, organiser and architect.Its seems it is not only do Droitwich Arts Network feel this way when a letter from the Mayor of Droitwich Spa was received appreciating the effort put in and asking for it to be a week longer this year! Rhys will be taking up this challenge! 

 

Community Group Award

Nominees

  • Evesham Round Table
  • Pershore Carnival
  • Evesham Breastfeeding Mothers 

 

Winner

Evesham Round Table - Evesham Round Table has been fundraising for local charities through Evesham Carnival, Santa Sleigh and various other fundraising for over forty years in Wychavon District. Santa’s sleigh puts smiles on so many children’s faces as they go through the various villages and centre of Evesham. If someone didn’t see him and his collecting elves they must have been blind! It looked like everyone was having fun. The Round Table has always been a part of Evesham life, and Stuart Gilbert, the chairman, seems to have created a greater awareness of the activities they create and take part in 2017. Stuart is obviously doing something right because people are actually talking about the things that the Round Table are up to. He is very organised and I have heard someone say he is a breath of fresh air with a smile. The Round Table play a big part in getting the people of Wychavon together and involved, having a friendly and welcoming face even when the weather is cold and damp. Making the community a livelier, friendlier and better place to live and contribute in. 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winners

Mr and Mrs Harris - Mike and Christine Harris, owners of the Coach and Horses, Pinvin since1983, have been supporting the Pinvin community without a break over the last 35 years. Theyorganise a cycle ride for the village on Boxing days, host New Years Eve parties, organise a PinvinGolf Society, support St Johns Ambulance, organise and arrange darts and skittles teams, support the village church by hosting and arranging many fund raising events such as race nights and bingo whilst supplying refreshments and trophies. They have supported and sponsored Pinvin Football Team with the team strip, trophies and use of rooms for meetings and food after matches. For many years Mike and Christine hosted, with help from other villagers, a Christmas dinner for the over 60’s with 50-60 residents in attendance. They supplied fireworks for the village bonfire, host an annual Morris dancing evening and for many years provided a room for monthly meetings for the over 60’s club after the British Legion closed. They have raised over £20,000 for many charities including an evening which entailed ‘fire walking’ in aid of charity. Over the past 35 years they have both contributed towards making Pinvin a great place to live. They have always put Pinvin first which has helped the community spirit to thrive over many years.

 

Anne Poulter - Anne has worked in a voluntary capacity with the Scout Association for 37 years. As well as dedicating her time to the Beavers in Badsey she is also involved in the fundraising side which included things like the Badsey Beavers Bake Off which raised £600. In the Summer annual village flower show she held a local produce stall, a tombola and a ‘soak a bloke’ stall and all combined raised a total of £500. In December Anne, the Beavers and parents joined the local Round Table for the fundraising Santa Sleigh collecting around Badsey Village with Santa hats and smiling cold faces and raised £250 for Badsey Scout Hut.
Anne is a natural leader and is totally dedicated to what she does, she brings enthusiasm, fun and is a very caring person. The children think she is fantastic and full of adventure! She has the ability to relate to all ages and in her 37 years of Scouting has brought enormous benefit to so many lives and inspired so many people. Anne’s interpretation are invaluable for the work that is involved in the planning for the large variety of scouting badges that the children aim for during their time at Beavers. It is clear she enjoys being with the children and watching them develop socially, the children look up to her and enjoy the sense of fun she brings to everything she does.