COMMUNITY AWARDS 2016

The popular Parish Council Community Champion Awards Night was held at the Village Hall on 1st July 2016 and a good evening was had by all that attended.

Bembridge is fortunate to have a number of these people living here. These awards reflect in a small way the recognition and appreciation that we, as residents feel towards them.  The winners were presented with awards beautifully designed by Paul Critchley of Sculpture Glass, Arreton Barns and a certificate.

  The Award Winners were:

Champion Friend – Susan Crown who is Bembridge Primary Schools lollipop lady – has improved the safety of the lives of those around them through their voluntary efforts in the local and wider community.

Champion Business  - Steve Warburton and the staff of the Lane End Welcome Store. This award recognises a business that goes the extra mile and makes a special effort for the benefit of their customers and community.  Their fundraising has helped a number of charities and groups in the village and Steve is always ready to give his time to promote and assist in village events and projects.

Champion Volunteer –  Olive Light.  This award recognises someone who regularly gives up her time to contribute to the lives and wellbeing of the community.  She is always smiling and never fails to volunteer when asked. You will have already seen many successes with the Church Flowers Festival and Queens 90th celebrations.

Champion Youth Volunteer/Group  - Paul Wray and the Bembridge Scouts. This award in part recognises Paul and the scouts plus all those who regularly give up their time to contribute to the lives and wellbeing of youngsters by running youth clubs or groups for the community.

Champion Volunteer Group - The Green Towns Steering Group which is very deserving of a community champion award because of their inspirational dedication towards the upkeep of Bembridge. They have achieved many projects over the past few years such as footpath projects, pond clearing, beach cleans, litter picks, remembrance orchard, tidy up projects, palmer memorial restoration to name a few. They also have no dedicated budget so most of what they have achieved has been volunteer input or obtaining grant funding. Long may it continue.

Champion Volunteer Group  - Bembridge Weeders. This award recognises those who regularly give up their time to contribute to the lives and wellbeing of others, and keeps this vital service going in the village. Bembridge Weeders turn out week on week to maintain much loved area within our village such as the War Memorial gardens, Kings Oak, planters and hanging baskets. Without both of these group we wouldn’t be as successful as we are winning the Hampshire and IOW Village of the Year Awards, Wight in Bloom and Best Kept Village.

Chairman’s Champion – Sarah Portwine. This award is in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the community over her time in the village. Thanks to Sarah the Bembridge Street Fair has continued and become even more successful not to mention the numerous events held at Steyne Park and BYCC.  

Special Recognition – Alan Morris.  This award is in recognition of an individual who has made and continues to make an outstanding contribution to the community. His leadership as Chair of Governors in Bembridge is exemplary.

Community Champion – Steve Warburton.  What can one say about Steve other than Wow! This award is in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in many areas and congratulations for all of the fundraising achievements.

Steve also presented a special recognition award to the Gully family who sadly were not present, but it was great to here that Sophie is now home and had visited her friends at school.

Congratulations to the winners and all those nominated.  Carry on the good work.

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