People and organisations doing great work in Stafford Borough were honoured at the second annual Community Awards on Thursday 22 November. Stafford Borough Council received more than 50 nominations, across five categories, with the winners and runners up announced at the ceremony at Rising Brook Baptist Church.
The trophies were presented by Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Ray Barron, and six-time Olympic archer and former world number one, Alison Williamson MBE.
A packed venue heard how Eccleshall Historical Society had found several names of local people who were missing from the town’s Holy Trinity War Memorial as part of research for their Eccleshall Great War project.
In 2013 Eccleshall Historical Society (EHS) chose to commemorate the Great War by researching the history of the 45 men and 1 woman who appear on the Holy Trinity War Memorial. During this research they found several names that had connections to Eccleshall but didn’t appear on the memorial. EHS appealed to get these names added onto the list. In 2016 it was determined that names of the men who had connections with Eccleshall should be added onto the memorial, it was finished and unveiled in 2018.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“In my eyes, all the nominees in the room were winners. These are people who go that extra mile to make sure our area is a better place to live, work and visit.
“It was really inspiring to hear how much work these volunteers are putting in to help others and improve their community. Many have met challenges along the way, but have persevered, and it was a privilege to hear, and witness, how that dedication has paid off.”
The winners were:
• Inspiring Individual (Under 18)- Matthew Goddard
• Inspiring Individual (18 and Over) – Andrew Edwards
• Action in the Community – Penkside Community Champions
• Youth and Education – Burton Manor Primary
• Business – Choices Housing
• Judges Award for Outstanding Achievement – Eccleshall Historical Society
All the shortlist, winners and highly commended are available from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/communityawards