Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2018
Broadland District Council’s fourth annual Broadland Community at Heart Awards were presented last night (Tuesday 30 October) at The Space in Sprowston.
The awards, which were attended by more than 130 guests, celebrate the achievements of Broadland residents who have made an exceptional contribution to their community.
A judging panel chose winners across a variety of 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 presented with certificates at the awards ceremony, which was sponsored by Price Bailey Accountancy Firm and venue sponsor, The Space.
Cllr Shaun Vincent, Leader of Broadland District Council, attended the evening and said:
It is always an honour to meet the winners and finalists at the awards ceremony, and learn more about their commitment to the community. Seeing all of the fantastic achievements of our residents was very uplifting and, although they do not seek recognition, I hope that these awards helped those impressive members of our community feel appreciated and valued. Many congratulations to all finalists of the 2018 Broadland Community at Heart Awards.
John Warren, Partner at Price Bailey, awards sponsors, said:
Price Bailey are delighted to once again be so involved in the Broadland Community at Heart Awards. It was an honour for members of our Norwich team to participate in the judging process and hear the stories of finalists, who all create an invaluable contribution to our community. We it is important to celebrate those outstanding individuals who are driven to make life just that little bit better for everyone else, whether it's through small gestures or decades of voluntary work. By sponsoring the awards, Price Bailey hope to contribute towards bringing people together.
The Carer of the Year Award was presented to Tracy Pipe, who has worked at Homelea Crescent in Lingwood for the past 25 years, helping the many older people who live there in sheltered accommodation. She has always gone above and beyond what she’s supposed to do, and devotes a lot of time to people who need a little bit of extra care.
Happy Smiles Club at John G Plummer & Associates, Thorpe Dental Surgery, was presented with the Business Community Supporter of the Year Award. The club is a free service that sees Oral Health Advisors going into schools, nurseries, Sure Start centres, libraries, and Brownie and Rainbow groups to teach children brushing techniques about oral health. The Happy Smiles Club estimates that it has reached more than 4,000 children since it began in 2016.
Twelve-year-old Nadia Sparkes was named as the Environmental Champion of the Year in recognition of her commitment to litter picking in Hellesdon, despite being bullied for it by other children. She started collecting rubbish from the side of the road in her bike basket on her way home from school each day and by the end of her first term she had collected more litter than could fit in two of Broadland’s 80 litre household bins – and most of it was recyclable plastic. This year she became one of the youngest ambassadors for the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The Young Person of the Year Award was presented to Ben Bartram. Ben has Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia with Myopathy and after trying various adapted sports, took up wheelchair tennis two years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Ben was selected as one Great Britain’s seven most promising junior wheelchair tennis players, joining the Tennis Foundation’s Junior Futures Potential (JFP) Programme, and successfully represented Britain in Holland at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup 2018 and British Open Junior Wheelchair Tennis Championships 2018. The person who nominated him said that Ben, who has volunteered to help other children try adapted sports locally, now enjoys life more because he concentrates on what he can do rather than what he can’t.
Rackheath Young@Heart group was announced as the Community Group of the Year. The weekly Rackheath Young@Heart group has been running for four years and enables people aged over 50 to take part in various group activities together, such as table tennis, darts, snooker, New Age Kurling and short mat bowls. The group has since expanded to include younger adults who attend with their carers. which gives more people the chance to get to know others who live in their community. The group relies on the hard work of volunteers to keep it running and developing,
Wayne Baker was presented with the Sporting Achievement of the Year Award after being inducted in to the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame and given the Master Award for contributions to martial arts this year. He became Great Britain’s coach for the NMAC this year, under the WMAGC in the Eastern Area and Southern Area and represented Great Britain at the WMAGC European Championships in Germany in four categories. Wayne also represented England at the 2018 ISKA International Sport Karate/Kickboxing Association at the World Championships in Jamaica in two categories.
Simon Kindleysides from Blofield was awarded the Inspiration of the Year Award. This year Simon became the first paralysed man to complete the London Marathon and the first person in history to do all 26.3 miles in 27 and a half hours using an exoskeleton suit. In doing so, he raised more than £30,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Simon battles health setbacks, including seizures, while managing to be a doting dad and stick to his mantra of enjoying life, smiling through challenges and keeping on fighting.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Janet Rope. The retired teacher has volunteered in a number of capacities over the past five decades in Acle, with her involvement in village life touching numerous generations. At 79 years of age, Janet has been Cub Scout leader for 40 years, is a longstanding member of Acle Society, is chairperson of the Blind Club, and a trustee for Acle Voluntary Aid. A hip replacement last year, and an upcoming shoulder joint replacement, isn’t keeping her from devoting herself to giving back.
Joan Brooks was named as Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year. Joan is not only a full time carer for her husband but is indispensable to her neighbours. Each day she looks after up to eight dogs for her friends, which enables them to go to work or appointments, at no cost. She cooks meals for several friends – mainly people who are unwell, elderly or living with dementia – and makes sure she spends time with a housebound neighbour. And to top it all off, Joan looks after two young children each day for an hour while their parents finish their working day.
This year’s award ceremony also incorporated Broadland District Council’s Enhancement Awards. These awards, now in their 40th year, recognise the achievements of those in the district who have made the extra effort to enhance an existing building within the district, whether through a conversion, extension, alteration or repair.
The Enhancement Award was presented to Tim and Xian Catmull for all they have achieve for their interwar property in Thorpe together with their architect John Western from Lucas + Western Architects. Five finalists across the district were also selected to receive Highly Commended certificates.
Cllr Shaun Vincent 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, Chrissie Jackson 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.