Mayor honours town's worthy award winners

The award winners after the presentations, with the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr David Marren

 

 

 

 

 

Alderman

Doug

Butterill

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew

Cliffe

 

 

 

 

 

Phoebe

Crewe

 

 

 

 

Dawn Foster

 

 

 

 

 

Robert

Hope

 

 

 

 

The Rev

Malcolm

Lorimer

 

 

 

 

 

Steven

Misfud

 

 

 

 

Victoria

Palethorpe

 

 

Louise Latham and Jessica Doano with the Mayor of Nantwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of Nantwich Cricket Club receive their award

Community Policing Officers whose beat is Nantwich


 

 

Pete Leydon,

Editor of Nantwich News Directory, who  sponsored the Business Award

 

 

Chris

Cadman

of Cat Community Radio which sponsored the Community Volunteer Award


 

IN a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr David Marren) at Nantwich Civic Hall on February 16, some of the town's unsung heroes were honoured.

   The Salt of the Earth Awards have been running for five years now, and this year the Mayor chose 11 local individuals and organisations to receive awards for their services to the community in a variety of fields.
   Awards winners, along with representatives from many of the town’s voluntary groups, organisations and committees, were invited to the ceremony where the Mayor paid tribute to all the town’s volunteers.

   Before the awards began the Mayor, alongside the Treasurer of the Nantwich In Bloom Committee, Mark Betteley, presented Alderman Doug Butterill with a certificate for outstanding contribution to North West In Bloom. Doug has been a dedicated member for well over 40 years and the certificate was in recognition of his hard work. During that time he was Chairman of the Nantwich in Bloom Committee.

   Local singer Phoebe Crewe - who was present to collect an award - entertained guests with a number of musical hits.

 

THE recipients of awards had been nominated by members of the public.

 

Community Volunteer Award

This award, sponsored by The Cat Community Radio, went to Robert Hope in recognition of his passion for the community. Forging a link between the Elim Church and Nantwich Table Tennis Club has led him to coach young and old, teaching them to enjoy, recognise and develop their potential, but he has also encouraged social interaction, physical activity, confidence and mental strength, including nurturing youngsters who had lost their way.

   An illness has not held him back.

   He is also a frequent helper for the Circle of Friends group, which supports those with memory loss and their carers every Tuesday afternoon. He has organised many quizzes, music events and other activities for the group.

 

Community Sports Award

The award went to Nantwich Cricket Club whose efforts over the past year have not gone unnoticed.  All their teams have created a stir, including league wins for the first and second teams, a semi-final place for the first team in the T20 Vitality Blast National Club Finals Day in Derbyshire, and the under 9s team had a successful year, too, winning the South Cheshire Junior League.

   Nantwich Vipers, only formed in 2017 as the first ever Nantwich women’s team, competed in the Cheshire Women’s Cricket league in 2018 at Division 3 and were quickly promoted.

 

Supporting Young Children Award

Victoria Palethorpe, the inspiration behind Nantwich Young Voices, scooped this award. A local music

 

 

Text by Sheryl Birtles, Marketing Manager for Nantwich Town Council

Images by Nantwich Events Photography

 

 

teacher and vocal lead for the Love Music Trust, she takes her passion for music and changes children’s lives through it. She is someone who motivates, inspires and builds confidence in our younger generation.  She commits so much time, effort and dedication to the training of the youngsters, who are an absolute credit wherever they sing and a joy to listen to.

 

Rising Star Award

One of Victoria’s former pupils, Phoebe Crewe, received this award. With a moving voice, she sings regularly at events in the town, recently performing at the Twin Town event where representatives from Dzierzoniow were so impressed with her talents that they invited her to perform in the twin town.

   She is currently studying at South Cheshire with an aspiration of studying at Cambridge University before eventually realising her dream of performing in the West End.

   [To see and hear Phoebe singing at the event, click here to visit the Nantwich News page].

 

Young Achievers Award

This year, the Mayor decided there were two young people who stood out for this award.

   The first was Year 10 pupil Jessica Doano, who has single handedly raised well in excess of £1,500 for WaterAid and their vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. 

   She gave up her weekend and evenings arranging to meet this challenge, and organising events in and around the community, including bingo nights, quiz nights, beetle drives and games fayres, to raise the money.

   The second award went to Year 14 pupil, Louise Latham, who is currently in full time education and doing additional courses to get into university. She is doing the equivalent of three years' work in a year. As if her time wasn’t filled enough with study, she is a carer for her grandmother for whom she provides at least 21 hours unpaid care a week and has done for the last 3 years. She also supports her mum. She just never stops working.

  

Outstanding Organisation Award

The Mayor awarded retired Nantwich Methodist Church Minister, the Rev Malcolm Lorimer, and the Churches Together team this award which was sponsored by Wendy’s Florists.

   The wonderful group of volunteers pull together to ensure many of the town’s residents aren’t alone at Christmas. Each year the elderly, vulnerable and lonely have companionship on Christmas Day. They receive a sumptuous dinner and are entertained, and volunteers extend their generosity in transport, ensuring guests can get to and from the Church.

 

 

Business Support In The Community Award

The business that the Mayor selected from the many nominations for this award, sponsored by Nantwich

News, stood out for different reasons. They are a company that lets nothing stand in their way to success.

   The brainchild of Steven Mifsud, Direct Access Consultancy advises organisations on how to ensure their buildings and services are accessible for disabled people. Recently the company embarked on a new venture, opening an office in Dubai.

   While this Nantwich firm’s success is enough to celebrate, there is something that makes them unique. All of the team have a disability, which gives them unrivalled expertise and knowledge of the barriers that disabled people face.  

 

Inspiration Award

Two Inspiration Awards were presented to people who excel in their line of work, to great applause from the guests.

   The first was handed to Dawn Foster, one of Nantwich’s street cleaning personnel, who can be found daily ensuring our town looks pristine. Dawn regularly goes above and beyond her call of duty, and her dedication and diligence are much appreciated.  She is well known among our volunteer organisations, working closely with Nantwich Litter Group and Nantwich In Bloom and we owe many of the compliments about the town to her.

   The second Inspiration Award went to the highly regarded Sergeant Ian Bennett, PC Matt Stonier and PC Marc Harley, who epitomise community policing, with their efforts to build relationships with the community, young and old, through their daily interactions.  They understand how to engage with the residents of the town and support all of the town’s events.

 

Mayor’s Recognition Award

Chosen by the Mayor, rather than having been nominated by the public, the Recognition Award was given to former Brine Leas headmaster Andrew Cliffe. 

   During his 25 years at the high school, his strong direction and leadership have made lasting impressions on many and gained exceptional results.  He led the school to become an academy in 2007 and oversaw the opening of BL6 and new buildings such as D Block. Described as focused and committed, he has always been approachable to all staff, students, parents and the whole community and is widely respected.

lThe Mayor commented: “The Salt of the Earth Awards recognise the hard work, commitment and dedication of groups and individuals working in and on behalf of, the town. Without these people and people like them, Nantwich’s great sense of community would be greatly diminished and opportunities to enjoy town life also greatly reduced. I was humbled and pleased that I could say thank you on behalf of the town to such worthy people. We are lucky to have them among us.”

 
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