Didcot Town Council Awards 2018 - Friday 19th October 2018
On Friday 19th October 2018 Didcot Town Council held the annual Town Awards Evening to celebrate the local heroes that deserve a thank you for their contribution to our community. Now in its 26th year it was bigger and better than ever with lots of new award categories to reflect the breadth of contributions that are made.
On arrival the 150 or so invited guests were offered a welcome 'Bucks Fizz' and took their seats.
The evening commenced with the Didcot Rock Choir rocking the Civic Hall with some uplifting songs. The choir were exceptional and everybody agreed that they were a fantastic way to open the evening.
The new Community Awards were first to be presented by the Mayor, Cllr Bill Service and his Army Cadet Eloise Hollinshood, followed by the allotment awards and the John Eldridge Award for Voluntary Service.
Also invited to the evening were representatives from various groups that were awarded Grant Aid during the last year as a thank you for the work they do.
After all the awards were presented a buffet was available for those who wished to stay.
Please find below list of the winners and nomination's on the night:
Community Awards(names in bold are the winners)
Artistic / Cultural Award Nominees
Andrew Walker – Over 30 years' service at Saint Birinus School in the Music Department and arranging lots of concerts and inspiring new musicians
Viv O'Gara – for teaching children the art of Irish Dancing
Sporting Achievement Award
Jack Cummings - for representing the UK in the Invictus Games 2017 and winning a bronze in swimming
Sherryl Blowfield – for running 10 x 10 k marathons in 10 days
Didcot Parkrun – for arranging the weekly park event for runners of all ages/abilities
Young Volunteer / Charity Fundraiser Award
Jaymie Betteridge - for shaving her hair off for charity and raising £4700
Emily Smith & Saffron Simpson – Presidents of the Didcot Girls School Interact club that arrange charity fundraising events
Service with a Smile Award
Lorraine Turner - for her friendly and caring manner when dealing with a loved ones funeral
Kay Gee – for always being helpful and friendly to all his customers
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lyn Moore - 30 years' service at Stephen Freeman School and her support for the Royal British Legion
Andrew Walker – for arranging concerts at the school and for encouraging young new musicians
Unsung Hero Award
Simon Hart - 19 years volunteering and running a football team at an after school club
Best Plot Turnaround
Mr Harris – New Road
Mr Bradley – Mereland Road
Mr Ramaj – Broadway
Mr Giares – Mereland Road
Ms Fradgley – New Road
Mr Tilley – Mereland Road
Mr Snape – New Road
Mrs Stocks & Mrs Ramsbottom – New Road
Mrs Chesterman & Mr Gill - Mereland Road
Ms Bracken – New Road
Best Plot (Winners)
Mrs Holt – Broadway
Mrs Dowsing – Cockcroft
Mr Quinton – Mereland Road
Ms Hunter – New Road
Mr West – Wantage Road
Best Overall Allotment Winner
Mr West – Wantage Road
Best Overall Allotment Site
The John Eldridge Award for Voluntary Service
James Nesbit - for the many events he holds for disabled children, especially the Footsteps Foundation Charity
Sherryl Blowfield – for the money she raises for the Freddie Perry Foundation charity through her marathons
Andrew Baker – for setting up and Play2Give Charity and arranging many charity events
Courtney Hughes – for setting up the Secret Santa Charity and now a befriending service
We hope everybody who attended the evening enjoyed it and we look forward to next year.
If you would like to make a nomination for next year see the Didcot Town Council Awards page.
Please see below some photos taken on the night (sorry for the poor quality).