The 59th Community Pride competition, Ellesmere Port Civic Hall
PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:49 08 December 2015
The 59th Community Pride competition saw many attractive towns and villages in our county rewarded for their efforts
2015 Community Pride competition
The Community Spirit Best Website Award went to Audlem. (L-R) Councillors Geoff and Pam Seddon and Alvar Jones
The Community Spirit Community Initiative Award was collected by Councillors, Carole Harvey and John Cantrell on behalf of Rainow
The Community Spirit Award for working with young people was collected by Coun. Mallie Poulton, Coun. Mike Pusey (Deputy Mayor) and Coun Liam Jones for Frodsham
The Community Spirit Community Champion Award was presented to Congleton's Patti Pinto (left) here with the town mayor, Coun. Elizabeth Wardlaw
Chairman of The Cheshire Playing Fields Association, Karen Tonge (centre) presented the Les George OBE Award to Peter Duffy (chairman of the Helsby parish council) and Jeanette Hughes (parish clark)
Chief Inspector, Giles Orton (left) presented the Cheshire Constabulary Community Safety Award to Tilston's Nicola Prince (centre) flanked here by Sue Willett and Penny Honeyborne and Ian Munro
The Best Kept Village with a population under 400 is Hankelow. Collecting the prize are Val Morrey, Coun. Ian Jones and Ann Jones
The Best Kept Village with a population of 601-1000 is Comberbach Collecting the award here are Councillors, Rena and Jim Bradley along with Anne O'May
The Best Kept Small Market Town is Sandbach represented here by Kathie and Coun. Mike Benson, Coun. Gill Merry (the town's Mayor) and Jenny Baker
The village showing the most improvement in the past year is Rostherne represented here by Councillors, Dominic Fenton and Steve Torkington
Mr Ian Cotton of sponsors, Essar Oil UK, (centre,right) with representatives from Champion Village, Audlem, Alvar Jones and Councillors, Pam and Geoff Seddon flanked by the Community Pride Awards organisers, Chairman,Kathy Benn (left) and Sylvia Batty (right)
The 59th Community Pride competition, organised by Cheshire Community Action, took place at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall. The awards are held to celebrate those villages and market towns that show continuous care to look after the fabric of their hometowns, demonstrating and emphasising just how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Cheshire a beautiful county.
The overall award was presented to Audlem as Best Kept Village/Market Town. The village, located in East Cheshire and on the border of Shropshire, was voted as well cared for and attractive to all who visit it. With a population of just under 1,800, the active community strives to keep up high standard of care and there’s plenty going on.
From the traditional medieval church of St James, the Jacobean Moss Hall and even Williams the newsagents – which was established in 1862 – through to the modern, thriving retailers and two annual festivals which are both in their 16th year, The Audlem Festival and the Audlem Festival of Transport, Audlem is much more than its picturesque postcard exterior. The town also scooped the Cheshire Community Spirit and Best Community Website award.
Many more awards were presented at the ceremony, which was sponsored by Essar Oil UK, including 43 certificates for the Little Gem Award, which covers any area or artefact in a village that shows special care and attention. Tilston walked away with the Community Safety award, which is sponsored by Cheshire Constabulary Chief Inspector, Giles Orton, who presented a plaque and cheque for £250.
Rostherne received the award for the most improved village in the past year, the Community Champion award went to Patti Pinto of Congleton, and the Les George OBE Award was won by Helsby.