Salt of the Earth Winners Revealed

Nantwich Town Council’s Mayor, Councillor Penny Butterill, last night hosted a civic reception to pay tribute to the winners of the annual Mayor’s Salt of the Earth Awards.

The awards have been running for four years now, and this year the Mayor chose eleven local heroes to receive awards for their services to the community in a variety of fields.

Awards winners were invited to a ceremony, at the Civic Hall, where the Mayor was joined by compere Chris Radford of The Cat Community Radio.

The unsung heroes who were selected from many nominations to receive awards included:

Inspiration Award
Sponsored by Nantwich News, Editor Pete Leydon joined the Mayor to present these awards to two very worthy individuals.

The first being John Brough, the man behind the scenes of ‘A Dabbers Nantwich’ website. When he’s not informing of what is going in the town or providing us with snippets of history on his website, John has been linked to maintenance of no less than 5 other sites, contributions to local book publications, and given up much of his own time to Nantwich Players, Nantwich Museum and Nantwich Walled Garden, the list just seems to go on…

The second of the awards went Anne Barnard, a lady who is out in the community inspiring others to get involved. Over the years she has taken on numerous voluntary roles, including an abundance of fundraising for St Lukes and St Mary’s Church and she is a prominent member of the soroptimists.

Chair of Nantwich Choral Society for 3 years, she is still actively involved in organisation, organising public relations and is a keen ambassador for putting the Society on the map.

Young Achiever Award
13-year-old Joe Rowlands hit the local headlines in March for his heroic feat, saving his father when their kayak got into difficulties. The Mayor decided that this truly inspirational achievement, shouldn’t go without recognition.


Young Inspiration Award
Awards followed for two more younger members of the community, Adam Coleman and Karolina Rostkowska, for their commitment to pupil mental health at their school.


Supporting Sport In The Community 
There are many volunteers giving their time back to sport and making it accessible for people in our communities to join in with sporting activities.

Picking up the Supporting Sport In The Community Awards, Mike & Kathleen Povall were two individuals who stand out for the work they have done in this area.

For over 10 years this couple have delivered Health walks from the Barony Sports Complex, completing in excess of 420 voluntary hours between them in the last year alone.

Community Volunteer Award
This award was presented to Barrie Astbury, someone who we’ve probably all passed in the town, surrounded by a group of children.

A former teacher in the area, he is now associated with all aspects of life at the museum in particular its Education and Town Tours both of which help to fulfil the function of a community museum and support it financially.

Business Support In The Community Award
As a town we are lucky to have a large number of businesses who support Nantwich in many ways.

This year The Mayor acknowledged John Baker and Simon Morgan-Wynne and their team at Baker Wynne and Wilson.

The Nantwich based firm, have a strong sense of community and over the years have been quietly supporting our local sports teams, awards and various town events to name just a few.

But it was their 25th anniversary celebrations, a £25,000 community pledge with over 24 local organisations benefitting from their generous contribution, which pushed them into the spotlight for an award.

Outstanding Organisation Award
Recently TV shows like ‘The Real Full Monty’ have brought prostate cancer to our headlines, with an aim to try and iron out the taboo of the subject.

Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group have been doing the same and more on a local scale and since 2000. This patient-led group hold bi-monthly meetings, social events, and regular PSA testing sessions, with their fundraising activity has provided vital equipment at the hospital.

Nantwich representative for the group, Kevin Hammersley, stepped up to receive the award.

Mayor’s Recognition Award
The final award, was given someone who had made an impression on the Mayor during her time in office.

A former headmaster of Nantwich and Acton Grammar School, Herbert Rowsell is well known by many in the town and his affection for the town is clearly displayed in the time he has dedicated making it what it is today.

Arriving in the town many years ago, Herbert picked up that that there wasn’t much happening marking the town’s history. So one day he put up a banner asking anyone insisted in in forming a historical society to come along to a meeting one evening. Around 70 people turned up and so the Nantwich Historical Society was formed, to which he spent years as Chairman.

He was also a leading light in setting up Nantwich Museum in 1980 and is a member of the board of management and is responsible for one our major dates in the town’s calendar – the Battle of Nantwich commemoration.

The Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Penny Butterill commented:

“During the past year as Mayor I have attended numerous engagements and met some truly inspirational people.

It is a great honour to have been able to host these awards and acknowledge just some of the hard work and dedication of individuals of this town. I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of you all.

I would also like to thank all the town’s volunteers and those who spend many hours making our town what it is.”