Awards for dedicated bunch

Worthy winners at Babergh Community Achievement Awards.
Worthy winners at Babergh Community Achievement Awards.

AN awards ceremony to recognise the enthusiasm and dedication of community-spirited individuals has been hailed a great success.

The Babergh Community Achievement Awards aim to highlight the work of individuals and groups who make a real difference by consistently working for the benefit of their community.

This year’s winners were invited to Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club to receive their awards.

Among them was 17-year-old Holly Watson, from Sudbury, who was highly commended for her campaign to reduce knife crime and educate people on the issues of carrying knives.

Anesta Newson, the founder and director of The Bridge Project in Sudbury, received a special award for her work with vulnerable adults in the community.

Jill Barton, Babergh’s community development officer, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening and everyone had a great night.

“All of our winners have shown great enthusiasm and dedication and these awards are Babergh’s way of thanking them for keeping our communities alive.”

Now in its 19th year, the award scheme is run by Babergh District Council and looks to recognise people of any age.

The under-18 award winners were: Holly Watson, Sudbury; Samuel Butters and Benjamin Milnes, Sudbury Upper School; James Harvey, Aaron Webb and Jack Parkinson, Great Cornard Upper School; Tina Balaam and Kate Robertson, Great Cornard Upper School; Thomas Taylor, Ryan Alexander and Mark Perryman, Long Melford.

Voluntary/community group awards: Heartwatch Community First Responders, East Bergholt; Jo Bayley, Donna Herman and Debbie Hattrell, Leavenheath.

Over-18s awards: Una Oakes, Stoke-by-Nayland; Adrian Walters, Lawshall; Basil Pilgrim, Bures St Mary; Sue Ward, Naughton; Michael Watts, Brantham; Clive Powney, Hadleigh; Marion Brown, Elmsett; Bill Horne, Edwardstone; Bryan Panton, Lavenham; Valentine Hurrell, Great Waldingfield; Hazel Gardiner, Nayland; Marion and Roger Dann, Brantham (joint award); Christine Banyard, Hintlesham; Charlene Grimwood, Great Cornard; Stephen Thorpe (posthumous award); Pinewood; Linda Smalley, Tattingstone; Anesta Newson, The Bridge Project, Sudbury (special award).