Text by Sheryl
Birtles, Marketing Manager for Nantwich Town Council
All images by
Nantwich Events Photography
NANTWICH Town Council’s Mayor, Councillor Penny Butterill,
hosted a civic reception to pay tribute to the winners of the annual Mayor's
Salt of the Earth Awards.
The awards have been running for four years now, and
this year the Mayor chose 11 local heroes to receive awards for their services
to the community in a variety of fields.
Awards winners were invited to a ceremony at the Civic Hall,
where the Mayor was joined by compere Chris Radford of The Cat Community Radio.
The unsung heroes who were selected from many
nominations to receive awards included:
THESE awards are sponsored by Nantwich News website and its Editor Pete Leydon
joined the Mayor to present the awards to two very worthy individuals.
The first was John Brough, the man behind the scenes of "A Dabber's Nantwich"
website. When he’s not informing website visitors about what is going on
in the town, or providing us with snippets of history on his website, John has
been linked to maintenance of no less than five other websites, made contributions to
local book publications, and given up much of his time to Nantwich Players, Nantwich Museum
and Nantwich Walled Garden Society. The list just seems to go on . . .
The second of the awards went to Anne Barnard, a lady who is out in the community
inspiring others to get involved. Over the years she has taken on numerous
voluntary roles, including an abundance of fundraising for St Luke's
(Cheshire) Hospice and St Mary’s Parish Church, Nantwich. She is a prominent
member of the Soroptimists.
Chair of Nantwich Choral Society for three years, she is still actively involved
in the organisation, organising public relations and is a keen ambassador for
putting the society on the map.
Young Achiever Award
THIRTEEN-year-old Joe Rowlands hit the local headlines in March for his heroic
feat of saving his father when their kayak got into difficulties. The
Mayor decided that this truly inspirational achievement, shouldn’t go without
Young Inspiration Award
followed for two more younger members of the community, Adam
Coleman and Karolina Rostkowska, for their commitment to pupil
mental health at their school.
Supporting Sport In The Community
THERE are many volunteers giving their time to sport and making
it accessible for people in our communities
to join in with sporting activities.
Picking up the Supporting Sport In The Community
Award, Mike and Kathleen Povall were two individuals who stand out for the work
they have done in this area.
For over 10 years this couple have delivered health walks from
the Barony Sports Complex, completing in excess of 420 voluntary hours between
them in the last year alone.
Community Volunteer Award
THIS award was presented to Barrie Astbury, someone who we’ve
probably all passed in the town, surrounded by a group of children.
A former teacher in the area, he is now associated with all
aspects of life at the museum in particular its Education and Town Tours, both of
which help to fulfil the function of a community museum and support it
financially. [See this page for more].
Business Support In The Community Award
AS a town we are lucky to have a large number of businesses who
support Nantwich in many ways.
This year, the Mayor acknowledged John Baker and
Simon Morgan-Wynne and their team at Baker Wynne and Wilson.
The Nantwich-based firm have a strong sense of
community and over the years have been quietly supporting our local sports
teams, awards and various town events to name just a few.
But it was their 25th anniversary celebrations,
a £25,000 community pledge with over 24 local organisations benefitting from
their generous contribution, which pushed them into the spotlight for an award.
Outstanding Organisation Award
RECENTLY, TV shows like "The Real Full Monty" have brought prostate cancer to
our headlines, with an aim to
try to iron out the taboo of the subject.
Cancer Support Group
have been doing the same and more on a local scale
This patient-led group hold
bi-monthly meetings, social events,
and regular PSA testing sessions, while their fund raising activity has provided
vital equipment at the hospital.
Nantwich representative for the group, Kevin Hammersley, stepped
up to receive the award.
Mayor’s Recognition Award
THE final award was given
to someone who had made an impression on
the Mayor during her time in office.
A former headmaster of Nantwich and Acton Grammar
School, Herbert Rowsell is well known to many in the town and his affection for
the town is clearly displayed in the time he has dedicated making it what it is
Arriving in the town many years ago, Herbert picked
up that there wasn’t much happening marking the town’s history. So one day
he put up a banner asking anyone interested in forming a historical society to
go along to a meeting one evening. Around 70 people turned up and so the
Nantwich Historical Society was formed, to which he spent years as Chairman.
He was also a leading light in setting up
Nantwich Museum in 1980 and is a member of the board of management. He is also
responsible for one of the major dates in the town’s calendar – the Battle of
presenting the awards,
the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill, commented:
“During the past year as Mayor I have attended
numerous engagements and met some truly inspirational people.
"It is a great honour to have been able to host these
awards and acknowledge just some of the hard work and dedication of individuals
of this town. I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of you
"I would also like to thank all the town’s volunteers
and those who spend many hours making our town what it is.”