Recognising those unsung heroes who work quietly and tirelessly in our communities.



A range of community-focussed businesses are on board this year who are keen to ensure the huge amount of community- centred endeavours which go on in the District are celebrated, applauded and awarded. 

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Previous Winners

Now in their seventh year, the awards have gone from strength-to-strength, celebrating those who go above and beyond for their community. Here's a look back at some of those who have been awarded. 

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

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


Finalists announced 

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


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

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 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. 

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.





Each year the Chairman of the Council selects a charity to raise money for. This year the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Sally Tarry chose to support LIVES, Saving lives in Lincolnshire. Any funds raised through the NK Community Champion Awards will go towards this great cause.



Chairman's Charity - LIVES.

In a medical emergency, every minute counts in getting that vital first medical support to the patient as quickly as possible. Those first golden minutes can make all the difference to a patient’s life. That’s why our 700+ volunteers give up their spare time to respond to 999 medical emergencies, in their communities, right across greater Lincolnshire.  Our responders’ actions save lives; they get there fast to deliver that vital immediate care to their neighbours in those critical first moments before handing over to the ambulance service.

We believe in being there for the people of Lincolnshire in time of greatest need; delivering immediate high quality care regardless of the location or time of day. Our responders are there for more than 20,000 people each year across the county, that’s 55 people a day. Our responders come from all walks of life and often have no medical experience. We also have volunteer doctors, paramedics and nurses who respond to more complex emergencies.