'Local heroes' are honoured by our town Mayor

The recipients of the Salt of the Earth awards with the Mayor of Nantwich and her Consort (Cllr Penny Butterill and Alderman Doug Butterill), seated left, and the compere for the ceremony, Chris Radford of The Cat Community Radio (left).

 

 

 

Text by Sheryl Birtles, Marketing Manager for Nantwich Town Council

All images by Paul Compton,

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:

 

Inspiration Awards

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 recognition.

 

Young Inspiration Award

AWARDS followed for two more younger members of the community, Adam Coleman and Karolina Rostkowska, for their commitment to pupil mental health at their school.

 

WE journlaists are supposed to report news rather than make it, but I had to go for the second option when I received a Salt of the Earth Inspiration Award in this year's ceremony.

   This is me with the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill, and Pete Leydon, Editor of the Nantwich News website, who sponsored the Inspiration awards, after the presentation.

   It reminded me of a similar event in May 2005 when the Mayor was Chairman of Nantwich Town Council and presented me with the final Citizen of the Year award.                                                 John Brough

 

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.

   Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group

 

 

 

have been doing the same and more on a local scale since 2000. 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 today. 

   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 Nantwich commemoration.

 

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AFTER 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 all.

  "I would also like to thank all the town’s volunteers and those who spend many hours making our town what it is.”

   

Herbert Rowsell

 

Barrie Astbury

 

Joe Rowland

   

Anne Barnard with Pete Leydon and the Mayor

 

Karolina Rostkowska and Adam Coleman

 

Kevin Hammersley

 

 

Mike and Kathleen Povall

     

John Baker

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