People and organisations doing unsung work for the community were honoured at an award ceremony on Thursday 16 November hosted by the Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Aidan Godfrey.
The first ever Stafford Borough Council Community Awards celebrated the work of individuals and organisations who have worked towards improving their community during the last 12 months.
There were more than 50 entries from a range of groups across the borough and examples of good work included people setting up litter picks in their area, schools who have helped conserve wildlife, and businesses who have introduced sustainability initiatives that have reduced their carbon footprint.
Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “This is a great way to say thank you to those who go that extra mile to make Stafford Borough a better place to live, work and visit.
“Many of those who do fantastic work for our community are volunteers and often go unnoticed so these awards give us the opportunity to pay tribute to them and demonstrate that we value all that they do.”
And the winners are…
Youth and Education
(Sponsored by CPRE Staffordshire and Fay Mayer Recruitment Limited)
Winner - The winning prize goes to 'There is No Planet B!' - Stafford Green Arts Festival'.
Highly Commended - Bruce Fletcher, Deputy Headteacher, accepts the award on behalf of Walton High School for their Cloudbase Garden project and recycling initiatives.
Action in the Community
(Sponsored by B&Q and The Helping Hand Company)
Winner - Roy Wood collects the prize on behalf of Derrington Way Ahead, the Millennium Green Group plus groups and individuals in the village, for their project 'A Buzzing Year in Derrington'.
Highly Commended - Gnosall Parish Council were awarded Highly Commended for 'Gfest', a ten day festival celebrating the civil Parish of Gnosall.
(Sponsored by Stafford Industrial Supplies and Stafford Chamber of Commerce)
Winner - Perkins Engines Limited were pleased to be chosen as the winning entry in the Business Category for their work with Wildlife and the Community.
Highly Commended - Local company Risual receives the Highly Commended Award for their 'Action Days' making a real difference to local people.
(Sponsored by Sustainability Matters and Downings Limited)
Winner - Lynne Sandy, a leading force in the local Best Kept Village Competition, was the winner; her prize was collected by Kim Squires, pictured, Clerk to Berkswich Parish Council.
Highly Commended - James Brown was awarded Highly Commended for helping create a beautiful communal garden in Barlaston, collected on his behalf by Matthew Toddington.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to the Awards this year.