West Lindsey District Council was delighted to recognise residents for their outstanding contribution to their local community.
Town and parish councillors, volunteers and community groups were invited to Hemswell Court, Hemswell to celebrate the 2018 Community Awards. They were treated to canapés and drinks to celebrate their nominations and awards. Cllr Angela Lawrence, Chairman of the Council said:
“These awards have been devised to find a way to honour the outstanding members of our district’s communities.
“Councillors have shaped and created this awards ceremony to give recognition to the numerous people who give up much of their free time to make West Lindsey a better place. They are the lifeblood of our communities.”
The Young Citizen of the Year award was presented to Alissa Stevens (22) of Nettleham
Cllr. Giles McNeill presented the award. He said:
“Alissa became Chairperson of Nettleham Festive Market in January 2017 after asking the question of why Nettleham didn’t have a festive market. She asked if anyone would be interested on social media and got a positive response from the village, so set about putting a committee together and talking with local businesses to get them involved.
“Her aim was to bring the community of Nettleham together and to showcase local businesses as well as raising the profile of Nettleham village and raising money for local charities. The market had 2,000 visitors was a resounding success with both visitors and stall holders. The elderly in the village were able to go along and buy gifts for family and friends and reconnect with old friends. It truly was a community event.
“Alissa worked really hard to put the event together. For a 22 year old to want to do something for her community and make a huge success of it is a major achievement. She is already planning this year’s market, hoping it will be bigger and better.”
“I am so happy, I really enjoyed the work we did on Nettleham Festive Market but it was not just me working on it, there was two others. We thought it would be a one off but we are being asked by so many people to now make it a yearly thing. I have never done anything like this before but it has made me think I would like to do something in events in the future.”
Mark Sturgess, Chief Operating Officer of West Lindsey District Council was delighted the council was able to give special recognition to its unsung heroes of the community. He commented:
“Every member of the public nominated has given back so much to their communities and should be hugely congratulated, and I thank you for everything you do.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to the Glanford and Lindsey Lions, for sponsoring our trophies this year, to Shaun and all the staff at Hemswell Court for their wonderful hospitality and the jazz band Orchard from Queen Elizabeth High School in Gainsborough.”
- District Champion of the Year 2018 – Lizzie Jordan
- Citizen of the Year 2018 – Paul Bagshaw
- Young Citizen of the Year 2018 – Alissa Stevens
- Volunteer of the Year 2018 –Norman Palmer
- Parish/Town Councillor of the Year 2018 – Mike Spencer (Brattleby Parish Council
- Community Group of the Year 2018 – West Lindsey Dementia Support Group
- Parish/Town Council of the Year 2018 Caistor Town Council
- Chairman of the Council’s Special Award 2018 – David and Louis King
- Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Mr Michael Galligan
- Parish/Town Councillor of the Year 2018 Cllr James (Jim) Cousins
- Young Citizen of the Year 2018 – Callum Smith
- Community Group of the Year 2018 – Buddies Dementia Care Café & The Keelby Luncheon Club Volunteers