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
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
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
Supporting Young Children Award
Victoria Palethorpe, the inspiration behind Nantwich
Young Voices, scooped this award. A local music
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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
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
Rising Star Award
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
“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