Nettleham Volunteers Honoured for Outstanding Contribution to the Community

West Lindsey District Council was delighted to host its sixth annual Community Awards on Wednesday, which continues to see great support from the local community.

Over the last few years the awards has been a catalyst for raising the profile of the work of the many volunteers, community groups and local heroes – who ask for nothing in return. But their hard work and dedication has not got unnoticed – as they have been nominated for the community awards by the people whose lives they have enriched and supported.

This year’s awards included new categories, providing more opportunities to celebrate West Lindsey’s superstars from all areas of the community.

Executive Director of Resources at West Lindsey District Council, Ian Knowles, congratulated all the nominees. He said:

“Every member of the public nominated for the awards has given back so much to their communities and should be hugely congratulated, and I thank you for everything you do.”

Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés whilst being treated to delightful tunes from the Queen Elizabeth High School band.

The Good Neighbour award was presented to Susan Stainton from Nettleham.

Susan’s help and dedication to her neighbours is priceless. She cooks, cleans, shops and offers general chit chat to lift their spirits so they don’t feel lonely. She has inspired others by giving little things which can have a big impact in others’ lives, and nothing is ever too much trouble for her. She often goes without things herself if it means other people are happy. Presenting the award Cllr Giles McNeill said:

“One resident even classes her as her adopted ‘stepmother’ after helping her through having cancer twice last year. She cooked and cleaned, collected prescriptions and looked after her pets. But more importantly helped her through some really dark times.

“Other ways that she helps her fellow neighbours can be from putting washing in a tumble drier and getting fish and chips at lunch times to simply chatting. She gets so much enjoyment by helping others, and nothing seems to stop her!”

Accepting the award Susan said:

“I am proud of the award but a little shocked as I didn’t know I had been nominated for the award.”

The Community Group or Club winner is Nettleham Festive Market.

Nettleham Festive Market was set up to bring the community together. It was designed to bring some festive cheer to those that can’t make it to the bigger Christmas events. It also helps support and promote local businesses whilst raising money for local charities. Presenting the award, Cllr Sheila Bibb said:

“The committee work hard, giving up a lot of their free time, to ensure everything is planned well but also to share their knowledge with other groups, helping and aspiring them. They make sure the community get involved as much as possible. They do a fantastic job and, although at times it can be very stressful, all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it.”

Speaking on behalf of the group Debbie Stevens said:

“We do have a carnival in the summer but there was nothing in the winter. We thought it would be a great way to bring people together in the community and help support the local businesses.”

Full List of Winners & Runners-Up

Community Group or Club:

  • Nettleham Festive Market (Winner)
  • Stonecliff Park Social Club Committee (Runner-Up)
  • Gainsborough St John Ambulance (Runner-Up)

Contribution to Sports:

  • Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club (Winner)
  • Mark Smith and Nigel Stevenson from the Gainsborough Dolphins Swimming Club (Runner-Up)

Contribution to Wellbeing:

  • Stepping Stone Mental Health Theatre (Winner)
  • Debbie Stevens (Runner-Up)

Contribution to Arts and Culture:

  • Market Rasen Station Community Project (Winner)

Good Neighbour:

  • Susan Stainton (Winner)

Young Citizen of the Year:

  • Jessica Gibbard (Winner)

Citizen of the Year:

  • Cliff Rust (Winner)
  • Susan Mumby (Runner-Up)
  • Hugh Gilfedder (Runner-Up)

Chairman’s Special Award:

  • Ellie Hallam (Winner)