The 58th Cheshire Community Pride Competition, Congleton Town Hall
PUBLISHED: 00:00 09 December 2014
Community spirit in towns and villages around the county was celebrated when residents met to hear the results of the annual Community Pride awards
The 58th Cheshire Community Pride Competition
Jane Gaddum (Deputy Mayoress of Cheshire East), Coun. Denis Murphy (Mayor of Congleton), Coun. Hilda Gaddum (Deputy Mayor of Cheshire East) and Coun. Sue Frith of Rainow Parish Council
The orgainisers, Kathy Benn (Chairman of Cheshire Community Action) and Sylvia Batty (Community Pride Co-ordinator)
Cheshire Life Artist, Gordon Wilkinson, with his painting of Sandbach...the winner of the Championship Award
Mark Roberts, Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire with Cheshire's High Sheriff, Susan Sellers
Kerry Bannon (centre, holding the plaque) and the delegation from Church Minshull celebrating the Village's Community Spirit Award
Karen Tonge (Chairman of the Cheshire Playing Fields Association) presenting the Les George OBE Award to Gill Merry for SANDBACH Town Council's Sandbach Park accompanied by Juliet Szestak (daughter of Les George)
Janet Brown and Sue Thwaite collected the Community Safety Award on behalf of CHRISTLETON village
Grace Bamber (13) from Runcorn receiving the Cheshire Constabulary Young Person's Good Citizen Award from Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts
Parish Councillor, Ian Jones and his wife Ann, picked up the Best Kept Village with a population under 400 award for HANKELOW
Noel Dutton and Terry Harrop collected the BKV population 2500- 5000 award for KELSALL village
Dick MacAulay, Gill Merry, Jenny Haines and Susan Doughty collected the Best Small Market Town award and the overall Championship Award for SANDBACH
The Best Small Market Town award and the overall Championship Award went to SANDBACH and here collecting the award, including a painting by Cheshire Life artist, Gordon Wilkinson is Gill Merry (centre). (L-R) are Kathy Benn (Chairman of Cheshire Community Action), Ian Cotton (of sponsors ESSAR OIL UK), Gill Merry, Gordon Wilkinson, Sylvia Batty (Community Pride Co-ordinator) and Guest Speaker, Graham Evans MP for Weaver Vale
Congleton Town Hall was buzzing with excitement when local residents gathered for the 58th Community Pride Competition, organised by Cheshire Community Action. The awards honour individuals, towns and villages throughout the county who have demonstrated commitment to their town or village or impressive citizenship. Guests at the ceremony included the high sheriff of Cheshire, Susan Sellers, parish councillors and Graham Evans, MP for Weaver Vale, who gave a talk about life in the House of Commons.
Sandbach took the prestigious Overall Championship award for Best Kept Village/Market Town. Judges said the town was a very deserving winner with a strong community whose members work hard to make Sandbach a vibrant place to live. Sylvia Batty, community pride coordinator said: ‘The judges are not looking for the prettiest village, or the one with most floral decorations. They want to see evidence that residents care about keeping the village/market town a pleasant, attractive place to live, and Sandbach proved this.’
Sandbach representatives received a plaque and cheque from Ian Cotton of Essar Oil UK, who sponsor the competition. Mr Cotton said: ‘It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm from volunteers across Cheshire who are striving to maintain and enhance their villages and towns to make them more vibrant and attractive to residents and visitors.’
Church Minshull took the Community Spirit award, and Tilston was the runner up. Highly commended in this category were Hatton in Warrington, Malpas and Tattenhall.
Christleton won the Community Safety award, sponsored by Cheshire Constabulary. It was presented by Mark Roberts, assistant chief constable, who also gave the Young Person’s Good Citizen award to Grace Bamber, of 2nd Weston Guides, Runcorn.
The Little Gem award proved popular and 29 certificates were presented. This rewards any area or artefact in a village, which shows special care and attention. The community champion award went to Sean Jones of Tilston, with highly commended awards to Kerry Bannon of Church Minshull, Ron Beever of Hatton, Dick Macaulay of Sandbach and Naomi Higson of Warmingham.