Friday, 21 March 2014

Community Heroes Honoured With Awards

A Caxton woman who has dedicated almost 30 years of her life to helping other people in her community has been crowned ‘village hero’ at an awards ceremony.

Margaret Harrison, of Ermine Street, Caxton, picked up South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Village Hero award after being nominated for running a monthly drop in club at the local village hall for 25 years, as well as a voluntary medication delivery service since the mid-80s.

At the Council’s fourth annual Community Pride Awards, Stan Hardwick from Fulbourn picked up the runners up prize for his service to the village, including 50 years on the parish council.

Freda Adlington, of Little Gransden, was third after being nominated for fundraising, setting up a senior citizens group, raising money for charity and running a Sunday school and youth club.

Awards were also presented to Young Village Hero, as well as community groups who improved services, the environment and wellbeing.

The awards were held at Cambourne Village College for the first time after it opened its doors in September.

Cllr David Bard, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Chairman and host of the awards, said: “Ideas and projects often become a reality in villages thanks to wonderfully dedicated volunteers. These awards are a great way to thank people for going beyond the call of duty and making a vital difference to other people’s lives. Some of the people we are celebrating have been volunteering in their communities for as long as 50 years and truly deserve to be called heroes.”

Cllr Pippa Corney, cabinet member for localism, said: “These volunteers are an inspiration to others and show how much can be achieved when a community pulls together to help one another. Dedicated volunteers are unsung heroes and it is fitting we pay tribute to their achievements and the role they play in making the district a great place to live.”

Keith Howard, Chairman of Caxton Parish Council, nominated Village Hero winner Margaret Harrison for her award

He said: “She has treated the needs of others as a priority throughout her life without seeking thanks or recognition for her efforts. She has engendered trust by solving problems and always being reliable and discrete.”

The full list of winners are:

Village Hero
First place – Margaret Harrison, Caxton
Second place – Stan Hardwick, Fulbourn
Third place – Freda Adlington, Little Gransden

Young Village Hero
Tom Hands, Fulbourn

Community Pride: Enhancing local services and amenities
First place – Jeremiah’s Café, Little Abington
Second place – Comberton Village Hall
Third place – Toft People’s Hall Management Committee

Community Pride: Improving the local environment
First place – Milton Environmental Group
Second place – Koran Collett & working parties, Toft
Third place – Naturewatch, Little Abington

Community Pride: Health & Wellbeing
First place – Fulbourn Day Centre
Second place – Histon & Impington Parish Council
Joint third – Ickleton Medical Car Scheme
Joint third – Rampton Car Care Scheme
Joint third – OWLS Community Car Scheme
Joint third – Toft Car Care Scheme