A number of residents of Nettleham have been honoured at West Lindsey District Council’s Community Awards ceremony, held at the Festival Hall, Market Rasen.
The Council’s Community Awards are designed to recognise the tremendous achievements and contribution of local people who volunteer and contribute to the communities of the district. As Cllr. Owen Bierley (Caistor & Yarborough) said at the beginning of the evening:
“Members have shaped and created this awards ceremony to give recognition to the numeros people who give up much of their free time to make West Lindsey a better place.”
The first award of the night was Parish Councillor of the Year. Cllr. David Cotton (Saxilby) introduced the award, saying:
“Parish Councils are key to our communities, they are the third tier in local government and at the district council we value each and every parish council within West Lindsey. Over the past few years we have been striving to work closer with parish councils and become more involved at a local level.
“Indeed, our parish councillors are key to the work of the Councils and progressing and supporting local communities.”
There were four nominations; Cllr. Barry Dutton (Hemswell), Cllr. Alan Caine (Caistor), Cllr. John Evans (Nettleham) and Cllr. Kenneth Green (Owmby).
Cllr. Dutton was named as runner-up and Nettleham Parish Council’s John Evans wans named as West Lindsey’s Parish Councillor of the year.
The next award to be won was by Sturton by Stow Parish Council, which were named Parish Council of the Year. Following this award the next category to be awarded was Community Group of the Year.
A huge number of nominations had been received for this new category and whilst representatives of all the groups nominated could not be accomodated at the ceremony, those short-listed had been invited to the event. There were eight nominations: Welton and District Patient and Doctors Association, Scotter Eau Community Library, Gainsborough Uphills Community Centre Steering Group, RAF Ingham Heritage Centre, Health Minds, Nettleham Age Concern Luncheon Club, Caistor in Bloom, and Villages Of the Cliff Against Turbines (VOCAT). The winner was named as Scotter Eau Commnity Library.
Nettleham Age Concern Luncheon Club received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate and Mrs. Janice Clayton and Mrs. Marion Henman were on hand to collect their certificate.
A number of presentations were made to local school children who had been involved in a competition to design a birthday card from the Council to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the occasion of her official 90th Birthday in June.
Cllr. Giles McNeill (Nettleham) was responsible for presenting individual awards to District Champions, Volunteer of the Year and the most prestigious award of West Lindsey Citizen of the Year.
Four persons were named as District Champions, person who work tirelessly for their communities on a voluntary basis, Cllr. McNeill said:
“Throughout the district there are so many individuals that work tirelessly for their communities on a voluntary basis, and for the benefit of local people, their villages and parish. The number and quality of the nominations received were astounding and very difficult for our independent panel to adjudicate.”
The winners were: Mr. Michael Dickinson (Scampton), Sheila Lamming (Market Rasen), Tony Price (Gainsborough) and Peter Rowlett (Nettleham). Peter has given years of service to our local community through the local scouts group and was a worthy recipient.
Mrs. Thelma and Mr. Darron Childs were awarded the Chairman’s special Civic Award for 2016. The Council’s Volunteer of the Year was named as Mr. Nigel Ashley and the Citizen of the Year was named as Mrs. Cilla Lamerton.