Health action group singled out for praise

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Ten villagers and a Hadleigh health action group have been singled out for praise for helping their communities.

This year’s Community Achievement Awards have revealed a list of village stalwarts and organisations - along with a Hadleigh fruit and vegetable stallholder - as winners.

For the first time this year, the awards are a joint initiative by Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils.

A rising star award went to Ben Munson, a pupil at Thomas Gainsborough School who gives hours of his time to the Befriending School in Sudbury.

Among the community heroes is Maggie Jackaman who set up the small animal welfare centre, Sesaw, 24 years ago with her husband Rob in Leavenheath. The sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals is run from their home, and Maggie and her helpers do it for free.

Community hero awards have also gone to Frances Dowsett from Glemsford, a volunteer for St Nicholas Hospice Care, John Rye a dedicated volunteer from The Porch Project in Hadleigh supporting young people, and Lorna Waller, 93, from Lavenham who is described as a staunch contributor to village life.

Community awards also went to Tina Loose from Boxford, “ a true friend of the village and beyond”, basketball expert Peter Somers from Great Cornard who has given much of his time to local sports in schools, Wendy Sparrow from Nayland, a village volunteer for almost 50 years, and Rosemary Knox from Wiston described as a “hard working member of the community”.

An action in the community award went to Tracey Loynds and all the members of Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance which was set up in 2014.

An outstanding local business award went to Hadleigh fruit and vegetable stall holder Melvin Merton who has run his stall in the market for 35 years.