Nantwich Town Council’s Mayor, Councillor David Marren, hosted a civic reception on Saturday evening to honour some of the town’s unsung heroes.
The Salt of the Earth Awards have been running for five years now, and this year the Mayor chose eleven local individuals and organisations to receive awards for their services to the community in a variety of fields.
Awards winners, along with representatives from many of the town’s voluntary groups, organisations and committees were invited to a ceremony, at the Civic Hall, where the Mayor paid tribute to all the town’s volunteers.
Before the awards began the Mayor alongside treasurer of Nantwich In Bloom, Mark Betteley, presented Doug Butterill with a certificate for outstanding contribution to Northwest In Bloom. Doug has been a dedicated member for well over 40 years and it was a special occasion to see him receive recognition for his hard work.
Local talent Phoebe Crewe who was in attendance to collect an award, entertained guests with a number of musical hits during the event.
Those selected from the many nominations to receive awards included:
Community Volunteer Award
The first award sponsored by The Cat Community Radio was given to Robert Hope in recognition for his passion for the community. Forging a link between the Elim Church and Nantwich Table Tennis Club has led him to coach young and old, teaching them to enjoy, recognise and develop their potential, but he has also encouraged social interaction, physical activity, confidence and mental strength, including nurturing youngsters who had lost their way.
Despite being diagnosed with illness this has not held him back. He is also a frequent helper at for the Circle of Friends group, which supports those with memory loss and their carers every Tuesday afternoon. He has organised many quizzes, music events and other activities for the group.
Community Sports Award
The second of the awards was given to Nantwich Cricket Club whose efforts over the past year have not gone unmissed. All their teams have created a stir including league wins for the first and second teams, and a semi-final place for the first team in the T20 Vitality Blast National Club Finals Day in Derbyshire.
The under 9’s team had a successful year too, winning the South Cheshire Junior League.
As for the ladies, well Nantwich Vipers only formed in 2017 as the first ever Nantwich women’s team. They competed in the Cheshire Women’s Cricket league 2018 at Division 3 and were quickly promoted.
Supporting Young Children Award
Victoria Palethorpe the inspiration behind Nantwich Young Voices scooped the Supporting Young Children Award.
A local music teacher and Vocal Lead for the Love Music Trust, she takes her passion for music and changes children’s lives through it. She is someone who motivates, inspires and builds confidence in our younger generation. She commits so much time, effort and dedication to the training of the youngsters, who are an absolute credit wherever they sing and a joy to listen to.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award, went to one of Victoria’s ex-pupils, Phoebe Crewe.
With a moving voice, she sings regularly at events in the town, recently performing at the Town’s Twinning event for the Mayor, where the representatives from Dzierzoniow were so impressed with her talents, gave her an invitation to perform there.
She is currently studying at South Cheshire with an aspiration of studying at Cambridge University before eventually realising her dream of performing in the West End.
Young Achievers Award
This year the Mayor decided there was two nominations which stood out, for the Young Achievers Award.
The first went to Year 10 pupil Jessica Doano, who has single handily raised well in excess of £1,500 for WaterAid and their vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.
This inspirational young person gave up her weekend and evenings arranging to meet this challenge. In and around the community she organised events including bingo nights, quiz nights, beetle drives and games fayres, to raise the money.
The second award went to a Year 14 pupil, Louise Latham, who is currently in full time education and doing additional courses to get into university, she is doing the equivalent of 3 years work in a year.
As if her time wasn’t filled enough with study, she is a carer for her grandmother who she provides at least 21 hours unpaid care a week and has done for the last 3 years. She also supports her mum. She just never stops working.
Outstanding Organisation Award
The Mayor of Nantwich awarded Reverend Malcolm Lorimer and the Churches Together team for the Outstanding Organisation Awards sponsored by Wendy’s Florist.
This wonderful group of volunteers pulls together to ensure many of the town’s residents aren’t alone on Christmas day. Each year the elderly, vulnerable and lonely have companionship on Christmas Day. They also receive a sumptuous dinner, are entertained and volunteers extend their generosity to ensuring guests can get to and from the Church.
Business Support In The Community Award
The business The Mayor selected from the many nominations for the Nantwich News Directory Business Award stood out for different reasons, a company who lets nothing stand in their way to success.
The brainchild of Steven Mifsud, Direct Access Consultancy advises organisations on how to ensure their buildings and services are accessible for disabled people. Recently the company embarked on a new venture, opening an office in Dubai.
Whilst this Nantwich firm’s success is enough to celebrate, there is something that makes them unique. All of the team have a disability, which gives them unrivalled expertise and knowledge of the barriers that disabled people face.
Two Inspiration Awards were presented to people who excel in their line of work, to great applause from the guests.
The first was handed to Dawn Foster one of Nantwich’s Street Cleaning personnel, who can be found daily ensuring our town looks pristine. Dawn regularly goes above and beyond, and her dedication and diligence are much appreciated. She is well known amongst our volunteer organisations working closely with Nantwich Litter Group and Nantwich In Bloom and we owe many of the compliments about the town to her.
The second Inspiration Award went to the highly regarded Sergeant Ian Bennett, PC Matt Stonier and PC Marc Harley who epitomise community policing, with their efforts to build relationships with the community, young and old through their daily interactions. They understand how to engage with the residents of the town and support all of the town’s events.
Mayor’s Recognition Award
Chosen by the Mayor, the final Recognition Award was given to former Brine Leas headmaster Andrew Cliffe.
During his 25 years at the high school his strong direction and leadership has made lasting impressions on many and gained exceptional results. He has led the school to become an academy in 2007, oversaw the opening of BL6 and new buildings such as D Block. Described as focused and committed, he has always been approachable to all staff, students, parents and the whole community and is widely respected.
The Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor David Marren commented:
“The Salt of the Earth Awards recognise the hard work, commitment and dedication of groups and individuals working in and on behalf of, the town. Without these people and people like them, Nantwich’s great sense of community would be greatly diminished and opportunities to enjoy town life also greatly reduced. I was humbled and pleased that I could say thank you on behalf of the town to such worthy people, we are lucky to have them amongst us.”
Thanks go to Nantwich Events Photographers for supplying all the images from the evening.