Published: Friday, 13th October 2017
Broadland District Council’s third annual Broadland Community at Heart Awards were presented on the evening of Thursday 12 October at The Space in Sprowston. This year’s awards, which were attended by more than 130 guests were sponsored by Price Bailey Accountancy Firm and venue sponsor, The Space.
The awards celebrate the achievements of Broadland residents who have made an exceptional contribution to their community.
A judging panel chose winners for the awards’ 11 categories from nominations made by members of the public. Finalists for each category were invited to last night’s ceremony to celebrate their own achievements and to hear the announcement of the winners.
Each winner was presented with a trophy, a certificate and £100 in shopping vouchers. Highly commended finalists were also presented with certificates at the event.
Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council, attended the evening and helped with the judging. He said:
“Year after year the quality of nominations we receive for the Broadland Community at Heart Awards is wonderful and nominations to this year’s awards have been better than ever before. It is always an honour to meet the winners and finalists at the awards ceremony, to learn more about their achievements and their commitment to the community. Many congratulations to all finalists of the 2017 Broadland Community at Heart Awards.”
John Warren, Partner at Price Bailey, awards sponsors, said:
“Price Bailey have been thrilled to be so involved in the Broadland Community at Heart Awards this year. It was an honour for our team to hear not just about the award winners, but also the stories of other entrants, who all create an invaluable contribution to our community. From small gestures to decades of commitment, people go above and beyond what may be expected of them, and by sponsoring the awards, Price Bailey hope to contribute towards bringing people together.”
The Special Recognition Award was presented to Janet Latchford. Over the last three decades, Janet has been an integral part of the community in Taverham. She donates her time generously to local matters including the parish council, primary school and fundraising events. Even after years of service, Janet continues to get involved with local causes and is always the first to offer to lend a hand. The judges felt that her incredible commitment deserved to be recognised with this special award.
The Carer of the Year Award was presented to 73 year old, Ronnie Tipple. Since his wife was diagnosed with MS, aged 40, Ronnie has been by her side caring her every need. He is dedicated, never complains and does not accept help easily. He truly is a hero to his friends and family.
Peter Purdy of Woodgate Nursery in Aylsham was presented with the Business Community Supporter of the Year Award. All the staff at Woodgate Nursery truly have their community at heart. When Peter found Roman remains on his land he gave his own funds to investigate further. This saw the beginning of an excellent community project which has allowed everyone who wants to, young or old, to dig at the site and to discover its history. Woodgate Nursery also regularly holds events which raise thousands of pounds for charities.
Ernest Hoyos from Lingwood was named as the Environmental Champion of the Year. Ernest has been an active member of the Blofield Conservation Group since its formation in 1983 and was chairman for over 25 years. At least 11 parishes in Broadland have benefited from the various projects he has organised, including the maintenance of the small area around the forgotten ruins of Southwood Church to larger areas such as South Walsham Fen. Ernest has never sought recognition for his work and is an excellent example of an Environmental Champion.
The Young Person of the Year Award was presented to Nathan Shoesmith from Blofield. Nathan is a familiar face in his community where he regularly gives his time and energy to many worthwhile causes and has raised over £8000 for Help for Heroes and Marie Curie. This year Nathan has led efforts which have raised £2,145.17 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The Aylsham Care Trust (ACT) was announced as the Community Group of the Year. For more than 30 years, the Aylsham Care Trust have provided services to residents to help them retain their dignity, self-confidence and independence so that they are able to enjoy life to the full. Thanks to the Trust’s 120 volunteers, local residents are given a helping hand to get to medical appointments, do their shopping, meet with friends and get access to any other services which they need. A frequent service user said: “The warmth and respect shown to us by all the volunteers is invaluable. They are all so kind and I am so grateful to all of them. I really mean that. Having ACT means I always have somewhere to go during the week to meet friends. ACT really looks after older people, particularly for those who are single or lonely, to get together, for company and friendship.”
Sprowston FC’s Under 16 Girls team were presented with the Sporting Achievement of the Year Award after winning the FA People’s Cup earlier this year. Whilst studying for their GCSE exams, the girls competed in the tournament with 6000 teams to get to the final in Birmingham where they beat opponents, Plymouth, 4-1. The team’s achievements and attitudes are an inspiration to younger members of the football club.
The Safer Broadland Award was given to the Broadland Special Constabulary for their overwhelming commitment to the district. The volunteers go above and beyond what is expected of them, giving far more than the required 16 hours per month. Every member of the special constabulary is an asset to Broadland police and make a real difference in making everyone feel a little safer.
21 year old, Josh Peek from Hainford was awarded the Inspiration of the Year Award. Over the past couple of years Josh has experienced personal traumas and setbacks including a serious injury in a motocross accident. Despite this, Josh has exceeded in his skill of welding, competing at regional, national and international competitions. Josh was unable to collect his award as he was taking part in a welding competition in Abu Dhabi. His grandfather, Roger Peek, who taught Josh his skill from aged 13, collected the award on his behalf.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Sarah Avey. Sarah holds the voluntary role of community facilitator at 'the place' in Thorpe St Andrew. She oversees 'the place' every time it is open (four times per week) and co-ordinates 25 other volunteers. 'The place' offers local residents of all ages a safe place to go to meet with friends, meet new people, get advice or just take some time for themselves. Sarah uses her skills to support a wide range of visitors, listening and offering support. She is caring, compassionate and hugely committed to the local community.
Shelley Dodds of Spixworth was named as Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year. Shelley’s close friend was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January this year and Shelley has been by her side through every step of her journey. As Shelley’s friend lost some of her independence when she was unable to drive, Shelley, despite her own challenges, ensured that her friend always came first. Shelley is there for her friend, making her feel positive and at peace.
This year’s award ceremony also incorporated Broadland District Council’s Design and Enhancement Awards. These awards recognise the achievements of those in the district who have made the extra effort to maintain or enhance the area’s beauty and character when developing properties.
The Design Award for best individual property was presented to Mr and Mrs Green for their property on Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew.
The Design Award for best housing development was given to Norfolk Homes for the Manor Reach development in Sprowston.
The Enhancement Award was presented to Mr and Mrs Southgate for all they have achieve for their property, Holly Barn, in Weston Longville.
This year, a special award was created for a nominee who had made a considerable contribution to their historic property. The Exceptional Enhancement Contribution Award was awarded to Mr and Mrs Aspinall for their work on Oxnead Hall.
Cllr Andrew Proctor, closed the ceremony with thanks to all the finalists and nominees and to those who made the event possible, including: main sponsor, Price Bailey, venue sponsor, The Space, Rob Chandler who acted as master of ceremonies and the Eastern Daily Press for agreeing that all finalists will be entered into their Stars of Norfolk Awards.