Knutsford’s community heroes were recognised at the Knutsford Town Awards, which took place at the annual town meeting on Thursday 7th March. A shortlist of nominees was invited for each category, with the winners announced live on the night.
The awards were presented by Ian Cass, managing director of the Knutsford based Town Awards sponsor the Forum of Private Business and Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.
The Youth Award went to Lenny Turner, Jake Phillips and Eleanor Woods for organising an annual charity concert which has raised thousands of pounds for charities.
Oliver Valves, based on Parkgate Industrial Estate received the Business Award for their continued support of local charities, most recently contributing towards the cost of a new boiler for the Welcome Café.
The Canute Lunch Club received the Community Award for their work combating loneliness through providing a weekly lunch club for the older residents of Knutsford.
A special award went to the Knutsford Air Cadets in recognition of their establishing a Marching Band in time for the 2018 Remembrance Parade.
The Welcome volunteer Beryl Jenyons received the first Civic Award in recognition of her volunteering five-days a week at the centre. Rob Walley, group leader at 2nd Knutsford Scouts received the second Civic Award for what was described by his nominations as “transformational leadership” which saw fundraising, membership and volunteering increase.
The final Civic Award went to Ronnie and John Mills for their work with Knutsford Stroke Club where they have held a number of roles for almost 30 years.
The Town Council announced the launch of a new award category, the Extra Mile award which will go to someone who is employment but goes above and beyond their duties to the benefit of the community. The inaugural award went to the council’s own Town Ranger, Bob Garner who has engendered true community though his entertaining use of twitter and we know he takes huge pride in everything he does.
Speaking at the awards, Cllr Coan said “The judging panel is always blown away by the volume and variety of nominations received and it is always humbling to read about the fantastic work that goes on in our community. Truly, as Mayor, it makes me so proud knowing that so many give so much to our town”
A gallery of photographs from the event can be found on the council’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com//knutsfordtowncouncil/