The Awards

Every year we celebrate the achievements of District residents through the North Kesteven Community Champion Awards.

There are hundreds of unsung heroes working quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily in the District, and we're once again celebrating their endeavours at an awards event which will take place in October. 

A range of community-focussed businesses are on board this year who are just as keen as North Kesteven District Council to ensure the huge amount of community-centred endeavours which go on within the district are celebrated, applauded and awarded.


Categories

You can nominate anyone living, working and carrying out their voluntary community work within North Kesteven within the eight categories:

 

Categories

  • Community Spirit 
  • Community Business (Small & Large) 
  • Young Achiever 
  • Contribution to Sport 
  • Contribution to a Better Environment 
  • Contribution to Health & Wellbeing 
  • Contribution to Arts & Culture 
  • Longstanding Contribution to an Organisation or Group 

News

Keep up-to-date with the latest news for the NK Community Champion awards here. 
 

Winners announced

Some of the best examples of voluntary community endeavour which characterise life within North Kesteven have been rewarded through the annual NK Community Champion Awards.

A record 28 finalists, their guests and nominators were among 150-plus guests at the evening event hosted by North Kesteven District Council Leader Cllr Richard Wright and Chairman Cllr Sally Tarry in celebration of the consistent, selfless and tireless acts of community-minded endeavour which characterise life in the District. 

This year there were around 80 nominations put forward by grateful residents who have benefited from such thoughtful, life enhancing and at times life-saving actions.

Every year North Kesteven District Council calls for nominations of people living and working in the District whose voluntary actions, carried out quietly, tirelessly and selflessly they feel are worthy of recognition. The quality and diversity of such neighbourly contributions illustrate the depth of community-minded activity which helps to make North Kesteven distinct and contributes to its high ranking status as a good place to life with strong community cohesion, high levels of happiness and wellbeing and – for a fourth year running – the lowest crime levels in the county.

The evening was compéred by BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Rod Whiting who said it was ‘very humbling to be in a room with so many dedicated and deserving people, who give up so much of their time, for no greater purpose than the love of their community.’

“They’re putting the community back into community. That’s a spirit that seems to have gone out of fashion, but not in North Kesteven, where the community is all about giving, supporting and encouraging.”

Cllr Wright said: “We are very proud to run these awards in order to applaud and award some of the many people who give so much through their voluntary and charitable endeavours. These are the unsung heroes of our communities who, through their selfless motivation and quiet inspiration make an enormous difference within our District and these awards are a small but heartfelt thank you on behalf of the District for that.”

“The 28 individuals, groups and businesses selected as this year’s finalists were but a small selection of the immense amount of voluntary work that provides a foundation to the District’s flourishing, strong and vibrant communities and I thank everyone who goes out of their way in this way.”

Amelia Bailey from Washingborough won the award for Contribution to Health and Wellbeing in recognition of her extensive work raising funds and awareness in support of better cancer outcomes, especially among young people. “There are some amazing people in this room; amazing people from many communities doing some some incredible things and it’s lovely to share that.”

On behalf of the Heckington Show volunteers, recognised for their Contribution to Arts & Culture in respect of a 150-year legacy of volunteering in support of the event, Show Chairman Charles Pinchbeck said it was ‘really special to be acknowledged in this way, especially by the District which we seek to serve so proudly in what we do.’

Trevor Midgely, awarded for Contribution to a Better Environment through his efforts in keeping South Kyme spick and span, saw the increasing importance of volunteers. “The way I see it we are all going to have to do more, with more people needing to get stuck in, if we love our villages and the places we live.”  

The awards are only made possible through the thoughtful nominations made by District residents and the generosity of the community-minded businesses who sponsor the awards. This year these were – Ringrose Law, Duncan & Toplis, Lindum Group, Your Local Lincs Magazine, Skeet Print, Branston, the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant and 1Life; with further support from The Lincolnite, Sleaford Standard, Tucann Publishing, BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Flowers by Suzanne.

The shortlisted finalists (with the winners highlighted) are:

Young Achiever

  • Callum Ball, Norton Disney – by applying himself to a study programme at Hill Holt Callum has turned his life around and now engages others in conservation as a national Bright Future ambassador.
  • Ivy Mitchell, Sleaford – Aged only five, Ivy has spearheaded fundraising and awareness initiatives at school to support others with Di-Georges Syndrome and campaign to keep Glenfield Hospital open.
  • James Robshaw, Ruskington – through his determination to pioneer new technology to engage in a normal school life James’ cheerful disposition and hardwork ethic are inspiring to all.

Community Business

  • DBS Internet Marketing, Navenby – for investing time and effort in building community networks, facilities and events for the benefit of the village.
  • Leadenham Post Office, Leadenham – for reaching beyond the counter in the way the business engages with residents through support and care and the provision of a community hub.
  • Sleaford Elite Gymnastics, Sleaford – for offering bursaries, scholarship and supportive opportunities for the less-advantaged to access sporting opportunities.

Contribution to Sport

  • Will Barber & Nathan Wood, Billinghay – for inspiring, instigating, running and motivating a weekly football team.
  • Sammi Emsley, Sleaford – for her commitment and dedication in motivating young gymnasts to exceed beyond their own expectations.
  • Peter Ford, Metheringham – for active and ongoing association of 50 years-plus with the village football club and broader sporting endeavours.

Contribution to a Better Environment

  • Doug Laidlow, Little Hale – a pillar of the community who, aged 80, keeps the hamlet spick and san and even helps others keep on top of their own garden.
  • Trevor Midgely, South Kyme – a motivator and doer in managing monthly tidy ups, keeping the church yard and verges immaculate and boosting the village’s Best Kept standing.
  • Tracey Stevenson, Great Hale – for running a hedgehog recue service that helps to address population decline and educating others in best caring practice.

Contribution to Arts & Culture

  • Emily Owen-Jones, North Hykeham – for her enthusiastic and committed support of young participants of the ONE NK youth dance programme and assistance in their smooth operation.
  • Heckington Show Committee and volunteers, Heckington – for the combined effort of some hundreds of people in organising and running the annual event which has been central to local heritage and culture over 150 years.
  • John Lyon, Heckington – for his massive contribution to a range of musical initiatives, not least as the driving force and musical director for the Heckington Singers, church choir and church band.

Contribution to Health & Wellbeing

  • Pete Ashmore – for his energetic involvement in the smooth running of walking initiatives, festivals and continued success of the District’s Stepping Out network.
  • Amelia Bailey, Washingborough – for tireless endeavours in raising awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of cancer raising funds and engaging schoolchildren on a national scale.
  • Hand in Hand Club, Metheringham – a fortnightly social group for the disabled and their carers, now in its 50th year, under the leadership of Mhairi Lavington-Browne.

Longstanding contribution to a group or organisation

  • Tony Farrow, Aswarby – for the smooth operation of the Sleaford & District Voluntary Car Scheme over ten-plus years which supports people in reaching vital health appointments.
  • Helen Gillatt, Digby Fen – for continued involvement in wide ranging initiatives over many decades, primarily the Blankney Pony Club with which she was District Commissioner over 30 years.
  • Mandy Harsley, Ruskington – for over 25 years devotion to St John Ambulance, leading youth cadets and the delivery of life-saving and life-affirming emergency care to many local people.
  • Peter Ford, Metheringham – for more than 50 years at the grassroots of Metheringham FC, across all levels from player to manager, secretary and treasurer.
  • Peter Lee, Ruskington – for 30-plus years of association with Scouting, at one point running three groups at once, organising camps and supporting leaders, boys and families over the decades.

Community Spirit

  • Vivien Banks, Sleaford – for creating and nurturing a parents forum that reaches out to isolated families, especially in the military, to help foster nurturing relationships for disadvantaged children.
  • Branston Library Volunteers, Branston – for their ongoing endeavours in saving and developing the library into a thriving community facility.
  • Helen Gillatt, Dunston Fen – for a far-reaching, enthusiastic and active involvement in many groups and institutions as well as finding time to be a magistrate Sunday school teacher, church warden and prison visitor.
  • Sheila Grosssmith, Heckington – for being at the heart of all things Heckington, cheerfully engaged across all areas of village life.

Finalists announced 

Some of the best examples of voluntary community endeavour which characterise life within North Kesteven community are to be rewarded through the annual NK Community Champion Awards.

Following the judging of around 80 nominations made from within the local community across the eight award categories, the 25 finalists are this week all learning of the esteem placed in them by the grateful recipients of their thoughtful actions.

Every year North Kesteven District Council calls for people living and working in the District to nominate those whose endeavours carried out quietly, tirelessly and selflessly they feel are worthy of recognition.

The quality and diversity of the often life-changing work and neighbourly contributions they represent was clear from the entries, with each and every one illustrating the depths of community minded activity which helps to make North Kesteven distinct and contributes to its high ranking status as a good place to life with strong community cohesion, high levels of happiness, wellbeing and self-worth.

With such community spirit underpinning life locally it is not surprising that North Kesteven remains the safest place in Britain and was this week named the best place in Lincolnshire for women: 106th best of all 380 local authorities over a range of criteria including crime rates, social isolation, personal wellbeing and culture and 70th best for older women aged 65+.

All of the finalists, their guests and nominators are invited to a celebration evening on Thursday, October 19, at Navenby for which additional tickets can be bought in support of them and the Council Chairman’s charity LIVES.

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of the District Council, will host the evening in conjunction with Compere and BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Rod Whiting.

Cllr Wright said: “We are very proud to run these awards in order to applaud and award some of the many people who give so much through their voluntary and charitable endeavours. These are the unsung heroes of our communities who, through their selfless motivation and quiet inspiration make an enormous difference within our District and these awards are a small but heartfelt thank you on behalf of the District for that.”

“The individuals, groups and businesses selected as this year’s finalists are but a small selection of the immense amount of quiet, tireless and selfless voluntary work that provides a foundation to the District’s flourishing, strong and vibrant communities and I thank everyone who goes out of their way in this way.

I also thank the community-minded businesses who through their sponsorship and support make these awards possible as a further expression of the wider appreciation of such endeavour. This year these are – Ringrose Law, Duncan & Toplis, Lindum Group, Your Local Lincs Magazine, Skeet Print, Branston, the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant and 1Life; with further support from The Lincolnite, Sleaford Standard, Tucann Publishing, BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Flowers by Suzanne.

The full list on nominees can be found here.

For Finalists CLICK HERE

September 15, 2017


Just 1-month left to nominate

There’s just 1-month left to nominate your Community Champion, so if there is someone in your local area who goes above and beyond to support the environment, arts, sport or community – Nominate them.

In less than 2-months’ time we will be celebrating those unsung heroes who work quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily in the District, at an awards event at The Venue in Navenby – compered by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting.

NKDC hopes to attract a broad range of nominations to showcase the level of unsung local heroism, and that can only be done through your nominations.

Last year’s Contribution to Sport winner, Angela Morley said:

“Winning the Community Champion award was a great honour as I feel that everyone who volunteers their time to any organisation does so, as they have a passion for that cause. Therefore I was very surprised when my name was read out as I felt that everyone in the room deserved the recognition.
Since winning the award it has showcased our organisation and the different level of sports that we are developing across Lincolnshire, we are networking more with other organisations to try to include all abilities. The number of athletes and families across Lincolnshire who are now signing up to our organisation has increased over the year.
Community Champions is a fantastic idea to encourage people to volunteer and also increase awareness of the charities and community organisations that are across Lincolnshire. So I would encourage anyone to nominate somebody within their organisation for the various awards on offer to celebrate the good work we are all doing”.

In the year since winning the award, Angela continues to support Special Olympics Lincolnshire, and has had an extremely busy one - preparing a team of 17 athletes and 9 volunteers who will be representing the Special Olympics East Midlands 161 team to attend the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield August 7th - 12th 2017.

The event will attract around 2,600 athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability from across England Scotland and Wales.

If you know someone like Angela, who has given their time to help others we encourage you to get nominating.

You can nominate anyone living, working and carrying out their voluntary community work within North Kesteven within the eight categories: 

Young Achievers Award

A young person aged 19 or under who has shown amazing bravery or excelled in any way, perhaps under adversity, through leadership or in pioneering a community project.

Community Business of the Year

A company or sole-trader whose business initiatives and charitable, neighbourly contributions have made a difference to their local communities.

Community Spirit Award

Personal service to the community through hard work, dedication and commitment.

Contribution to a Better Environment

A group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on the environment, locally, in a broader way or globally.

Contribution to the Arts

Any group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on the cultural richness of the District.

Contribution to Sport

A group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on sports and physical activity locally.

Contribution to Health & Wellbeing

An individual or group that has contributed to the wellbeing of others or excelled in making positive healthy lifestyle changes - physical or psychological - for themselves or others.

Longstanding contribution to an organisation or group

An individual who has contributed a huge amount of their time to a single charity, club, group or organisation.

A range of community-focused businesses are on board this year who are just as keen as NKDC to ensure the huge amount of community-centred endeavours which goes on within the District are celebrated, applauded and awarded. If your business wants to get involved in the celebration of NK’s Community Champions, get in touch on champions@n-kesteven.gov.uk

How to Nominate:

It could not be simpler to make a nomination of anyone you think may be eligible. Nominees must be living or undertaking their community work within North Kesteven.

Go to www.nkawards.org to do it online or download a form or pick one up from your local parish council or NKDC council office.

We need a simple, but as thorough as possible, citation of their service.

If your nominee is shortlisted as a finalist both they and you, as the nominator, will be invited to attend the awards evening in October. Please ensure you include their details as well as your own.

All nominations must be made by Friday, Sep 8 (Noon) and sent to: 

NKDC Community Champions

Communications Team

North Kesteven District Council

Kesteven Street

Sleaford NG34 7EF

Or email: champions@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Sponsors:

The 2017 NK Community Champion Awards are produced in association with and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: 

Duncan & Toplis, Lindum Group, Ringrose Law, 1Life, Sleaford REP / Glennmont, Your Local Lincs Magazine, Sleaford Standard, The Lincolnite and Tucann Publishing.

August 4, 2017


Awards are launched 

Is there someone in your local area who goes above and beyond to support the environment, arts, sport or community?

In 6-months’ time we will be celebrating those unsung heroes who work quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily in the District, at an awards event at The Venue in Navenby – compered by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting.

And this year, as well as the other seven categories, we are pleased to introduce a NEW Award the ‘Longstanding contribution to an organisation or group’ which will recognise an individual who has contributed a huge amount of their time to a single charity, club, group or organisation.

So, if you know someone in your local area who does good deeds or has made great strides in support of the environment, arts, sport or community you can nominate them for an award now.

With more than 130 nominations covering all ages and sectors of voluntary, community contributions last year, NKDC hopes to attract a broad range of nominations to showcase the level of unsung local heroism.

A range of community-focused businesses are on board this year who are just as keen as NKDC to ensure the huge amount of community-centre endeavours which goes on within the District is celebrated, applauded and awarded. If your business wants to get involved in the celebration of NK’s Community Champions, get in touch on champions@n-kesteven.gov.uk

April 19, 2017

 

Young Achiever

Callum Ball, Norton Disney – by applying himself to a study programme at Hill Holt Callum has turned his life around and now engages others in conservation as a national Bright Future ambassador.

Ivy Mitchell, Sleaford – Aged only five, Ivy has spearheaded fundraising and awareness initiatives at school to support others with Di-Georges Syndrome and campaign to keep Glenfield Hospital open. 

James Robshaw, Ruskington – through his determination to pioneer new technology to engage in a normal school life James’ cheerful disposition and hardwork ethic are inspiring to all.


Community Business

DBS Internet Marketing, Navenby – for investing time and effort in building community networks, facilities and events for the benefit of the village. 

Leadenham Post Office, Leadenham – for reaching beyond the counter in the way the business engages with residents through support and care and the provision of a community hub.

Sleaford Elite Gymnastics, Sleaford – for offering bursaries, scholarship and supportive opportunities for the less-advantaged to access sporting opportunities.


Contribution to Sport

Will Barber & Nathan Wood, Billinghay – for inspiring, instigating, running and motivating a weekly football team.

Sammi Emsley, Sleaford – for her commitment and dedication in motivating young gymnasts to exceed beyond their own expectations.

Peter Ford, Metheringham – for and active and ongoing association of 50 years-plus with the village football club and broader sporting endeavours.


Contribution to a Better Environment

Dougie Laidlow, Little Hale – a pillar of the community who, aged 80, keeps the hamlet spick and san and even helps others keep on top of their own garden.

Trevor Midgely, South Kyme – a motivator and doer in managing monthly tidy ups, keeping the church yard and verges immaculate and boosting the village’s Best Kept standing.

Tracey Stevenson, Great Hale – for running a hedgehog recue service that helps to address population decline and educating others in best caring practice.


Contribution to Arts & Culture

Emily Owen-Jones, North Hykeham – for her enthusiastic and committed support of young participants of the ONE NK youth dance programme and assistance in their smooth operation.

Heckington Show Committee, Heckington – for the combined effort of some hundreds of people in organising and running the annual event which has been central to local heritage and culture over 150 years.

John Lyon, Heckington – for his massive contribution to a range of musical initiatives, not least as the driving force and musical director for the Heckington Singers, church choir and church band.


Contribution to Health & Wellbeing

Pete Ashmore – for his energetic involvement in the smooth running of walking initiatives, festivals and continued success of the District’s Stepping Out network.

Amelia Bailey, Washingborough – for tireless endeavours in raising awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of cancer raising funds and engaging schoolchildren on a national scale.

Hand in Hand Club, Metheringham – a fortnightly social group for the disabled and their carers, now in its 50th year, under the leadership of Mhairi Lavington-Browne.


Longstanding contribution to a group or organisation

Helen Gilliat, Digby Fen – for continued involvement in wide ranging initiatives over many decades, primarily the Blankney Pony Club with which she was District Commissioner over 30 years.

Mandy Harsley, Ruskington – for 40 years devotion d to St John Ambiulance, leading youth cadets and the delivery of life-saving and life-affirming emergency care to many local people.

Peter Ford, Metheringham – for more than 50 years at the grassroots of Metheringham FC, across all levels from player to manager, secretary and treasurer. 

Tony Farrow, Aswarby – for the smooth operation of the Sleaford & District Voluntary Car Scheme over ten-plus years which supports people in reaching vital health appointments.

Peter Lee, Ruskington - for his contributions to scouting in the area for over 30 years.


Community Spirit

Vivien Banks, Sleaford – for creating and nurturing a parents forum that reaches out to isolated families, especially in the military, to help foster nurturing relationships for disadvantaged children.

Branston Library Volunteers, Branston – for their ongoing endeavours in saving and developing the library into a thriving community facility.

Helen Gillat, Dunston Fen – for a far-reaching, enthusiastic and active involvement in many groups and institutions as well as finding time to bea magistrate Sunday school teacher, church warden and prison visitor.

Sheila Grosssmith, Heckington – for being at the heart of all things Heckington, cheerfully engaged across all areas of village life.

 

Alternatively, you can see all those who have been nominated here.

 

 

Nominations 2017

Thank you to all those who nominated, and who have been nominated for their work within the district. 

Judging will take place on Wednesday 13 September, with finalists being announced by Friday 15 September.


Contribution to Arts & Culture 

Emily Owen-Jones, North Hykeham

Heckington Show Committee, Heckington

John Lyon, Heckington

Malcolm Smith, Navenby

Mary Sanders, Sleaford

Contribution to a Better Environment

Dougie Ludlow, Sleaford

Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Dunston Beck

Tracey Stevenson, Sleaford

Trevor Midgley, South Kyme

Community Business

Edward George & Patsy Shields, Sleaford

Firstaid4Sport, Lincoln

Karen Swift,
Leadenham Post Office, 

Lincoln Green Pub, North Hykeham 

 

Contribution to Health & Wellbeing

Amelia Bailey, Washingborough

Andy Holmes, Sleaford 

Dawn Wilcox, Sleaford

Emma Tancred, Sleaford

Hand in Hand, Metheringham

Kay Bulled, Metheringham

Mary Thomas, Heckington

Pete Ashmore, Whisby

Street Source, Sleaford 

Community Spirit 

Alan Wilson, Swaton

Audrey Hargreaves, Waddington

Branston Community Library

David Morter, Sleaford

Gerald Garton, Digby

Helen Gilliatt, Digby Fen 

Keith Orton, Potterhanworth

Lincoln Green Community Fund, North Hykeham

Louise Smith, Heckington 

Mark Reynolds, North Hykeham 

Roy Gower, North Hykeham

Sally Tarry, Heckington

Sheila Grossmith, Heckington

Steve Morgan, North Hykeham

Longstanding Contribution to an Organisation or Group 

Christine Cullen, Heckington

Delphine Norton, Ruskington

Gynna Holmes, Timberland

Helen Gillatt, Digby Fen

Jane Peck, Sleaford

Louise Smith, Heckington

Malcolm Biddulph, Hykeham

Mandy Harsley, Ruskington

Marion & Len Saviour, Skellingthorpe

Mary Thomas, Heckington

Peter Ford, Metheringham 

Peter Lee, Ruskington

Sophie’s Journey, Lincoln 

Tony Farrow, Aswarby 

 

Young Achiever 

Callum Ball, Norton Disney

Ivy Mitchell, Sleaford 

Jack Bell, Cranwell

James Robshaw, Lincoln 

Kate Parr, Bellingham

Penny Barratt, Sleaford

William Alvey Dancers, Sleaford

Contribution to Sport 

Antony Carter, Heckington

Bill Rayner, Leasingham

Claire Annall, Ewerby

Emily Smith, Sleaford

Nathan Wood and William Barber, Billinghay

Patricia Shields, Sleaford

Peter Ford, Metheringham

Samantha Emsley, Sleaford

2016 Winners


Celebrating our Community Champions 2016

Here are our 2016 NK Community Champions.



Young Achiever

Christina Creedon from Silk Willoughby – for her care, consideration and commitment in broad ranging ways to raise awareness of autism and stand up to bullies.
 

Contribution to Arts & Culture

John Crouch from North Hykeham – for amazing voluntary contributions towards motivating young musicians through more than 30 years of dedication through the group Jazz Vehicle.
 

Community Business

Hill Holt Wood at Norton Disney – for extensive engagement in the provision of community resources and facilities and support of a range of community projects; and also Branston Ltd in Branston – for significant investment in children’s educational resources and local community projects.    
 

Contribution to Sport

Angela Morley from Dunston – for dedication and commitment in championing the Special Olympics and enabling broad sports participation.
 

Contribution to a Better Environment

Friends of Mareham Pastures at Sleaford – a small volunteer group which over 13 years has transformed an old tip into a much-valued nature reserve.
 

Contribution to Sustainable Transport

Charlie Kinloch from North Hykeham - for all of his promotion of all sustainable transport options among colleagues in North Hykeham.
 

Contribution to Health & Wellbeing

Debbie Jones, from Sleaford – for her energetic dedication to the Beyond the Blues mental health wellbeing group.
 

Community Spirit

Ian Kendrick from Waddington – for an enormous range of expressions of community support ranging from low-key neighbourliness to leading health walks; and also to Barbara and the late Keven Roberts from South Rauceby – recognising their joint commitment and mutual support in a range of charitable endeavours, notably North Hykeham Sailabilty and Sleaford Talking Newspaper.
 

Chairman's Award

Connor Robson, Luke Callow, George Brickles and Oliver Self from Sleaford - recognised for helping save an elderly woman's life after hearing a car's horn sounding when sitting together on a wall.


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