Volunteers honoured for outstanding contribution to the community

Date published: 01 March 2019
All winners and runners up of the West Lindsey District Council Community Awards 2019

West Lindsey District Council was delighted to host its sixth annual Community Awards on Wednesday, which continues to see great support from the local community.

Over the last few years the awards has been a catalyst for raising the profile of the work of the many volunteers, community groups and local heroes – who ask for nothing in return. But their hard work and dedication has not got unnoticed – as they have been nominated for the community awards by the people whose lives they have enriched and supported.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Pat Mewis, welcomed everyone to the West Lindsey Community Awards 2019.

She said: “It was good to see so many people at the awards ceremony and I thank all the nominees and their guests for attending. These awards are a way to honour the outstanding members of our district’s communities and to recognise the numerous people who give up much of their free time to make West Lindsey a better place.  I would also like to express my gratitude to The Glanford and Lindsey Lions, who have once again sponsored the trophies.”This year’s awards included new categories, providing more opportunities to celebrate West Lindsey’s superstars from all areas of the community.

Ellie Hallam was awarded the Chairman’s Special Award for her years serving the Scotter community.

Since moving to Scotter many years ago, Ellie’s worked tirelessly to support the local Community.  She chairs the local Community Centre, volunteers weekly at Belton House, as well as starting an over-55s lunch club and editing the Eau Valley Advertiser for more than 15 years.

Presenting the award, Cllr Mewis said: “Throughout the Civic Year, I have met a huge number of brilliant and interesting people and it was difficult to decide on who should receive this award. Since arriving in Scotter many years ago Ellie quickly became embedded in the life of the community. Her generous and selfless personality serves as an example to all. Ellie is a pillar of the local community and someone that is a pleasure to know and live alongside.”

Accepting the award Ellie said: “This was so unexpected but it’s a privilege. I think that nobody volunteers on their own – this award recognises that. 

Executive Director of Resources at West Lindsey District Council, Ian Knowles, congratulated all the nominees. He said: “Every member of the public nominated for the awards has given back so much to their communities and should be hugely congratulated, and I thank you for everything you do.” 

Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés whilst being treated to delightful tunes from the Queen Elizabeth High School band. 

The Community Awards Panel is made up of the following councillors: Cllr Pat Mewis, Cllr Judy Rainsforth, Cllr Sheila Bibb, Cllr David Cotton and Cllr Giles McNeill. 

Winners

Community Group or Club:

  • Nettleham Festive Market

Contribution to Sports:

  • Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club

Contribution to Wellbeing:

  • Stepping Stone Mental Health Theatre

Contribution to Arts and Culture:

  • Market Rasen Station Community Project

Good Neighbour:

  • Susan Stainton

Young Citizen of the Year:

  • Jessica Gibbard

Citizen of the Year:

  • Cliff Rust

Chairman’s Special Award:

  • Ellie Hallam 

Runners Up

Community Group or Club:

  • Stonecliff Park Social Club Committee
  • Gainsborough St John Ambulance

Contribution to Sports:

  • Mark Smith and Nigel Stevenson from the Gainsborough Dolphins Swimming Club

Contribution to Wellbeing:

  • Debbie Stevens

Citizen of the Year

  • Susan Mumby
  • Hugh Gilfedder

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/councilnews

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