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Ryedale Rural Community Awards 2013
Finalists, sponsors and members of the audience at Ryedale Rural Community Awards at Amotherby Village Hall
INSPIRATIONAL community heroes from across Ryedale were celebrated at an awards ceremony on Friday evening.
The 2013 Ryedale Rural Community Awards culminated in the event at Amotherby Village Hall, when finalists and guests gathered with the award sponsors and judges to find out who had won this year’s titles.
Organised by Ryedale Voluntary Action, Rural Action Yorkshire and the Gazette & Herald, the awards highlight and reward outstanding service to the community.
Sarah Lally-Marley, of Ryedale Voluntary Action, said: “This is the third year we have organised the awards and once gain they have been really successful and enjoyable to be involved with.
“The number and range of nominations we received for this year’s award just show how many people in our rural areas are active in making their communities a better place in which to live. All of them would have made worthy winners.
She said: “In so many cases, these volunteers are the backbone of services and facilities in our villages and more far-flung communities and without them, the sense of community would be lost.”
Village Hall of the Year, sponsored by Rural Action Yorkshire
Winner: Barton-le-Street Village Hall
Finalists: Terrington Village Hall and Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall.
Presenting the award Maggie Farey said village halls were vitally important to their communities.
“They come in all shapes and sizes, ancient and modern and it takes a lot of effort by the teams that take them on and make them warm and welcoming and used in such a variety of ways from weddings and parties to concerts and plays,” she said.
“The standard this year was very high and it was extremely difficult to chose three finalists let alone a winner.”
Tania Weston, from Rural Action Yorkshire, who presented the award, said each of the finalists did a fantastic job within their communities.
“It was really difficult to judge this category as they are all fantastic examples of the variety of activities run by volunteers in our area and I would like to thank everyone who entered,” she said.
Rural Green Award, sponsored by Ryedale District Council
Winner: The Renewable Heritage Trust based at Howsham Mill
Finalists: Malton and District Beekeepers Association and Gilling East Holy Cross PCC Living Churchyard Project
Mo McCloud, from the Renewable Heritage Trust said they were thrilled to win their first award.
“The Howsham Mill started off by accident and at the time we thought it would take a couple of years to complete,” she said.
“Here we are now nearly 10 years and having spent £1million the project is now finished and opened to the public and everyone is more than welcome to visit the Mill which is such a lovely place for a walk and a picnic.”
Rural Community Project, sponsored by HPE Print
Winner: Sight Support Ryedale for the Sense of Place and Space project
Finalists: Ryedale Carers’ Support and Live Music Now, Songs & Scones and Thornton-le-Dale Village & Traders Forum, Scarecrow Festival
Maggie Cockrane from the Howardian Hills AONB, said they had received a large number of entries.
“We had some fantastic projects and it was very difficult to chose three finalists and the three we eventually chose are all excellent projects,” she added.
“Sight Support’s Sense of Space offers members the opportunity to do something sighted people take for granted and enables them to go out and walk in the countryside to enjoy the health benefits and sense of wellbeing.”
Janice Every, from Sight Support, said they were delighted to win the award. “The project was suggested by members and took a lot of thought and work by our volunteers,” she said.
“Our project leader, Annie, makes the walks really special through the enthusiasm she gives to the project and the work she puts in prior to the walk to ensure their are safe and enjoyable.”
Rural Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by the Gazette & Herald
Winner: Marion Hardy
Finalists: Ann Pegg and Sue Allanby
Karen Darley, from the Gazette & Herald, said that since Marion moved to Barton-le-Street more than 50 years ago, she had been actively involved in village life and continued to show what community spirit was all about.
“Although having her own family to look after and a job, she always finds time to look after the elderly residents, entertain the young and organise activities,” she said.
“Marion is a member of the parish council and a keen supporter of the church, still hand delivering the monthly church newssheet round the village and taking her turn on the cleaning and flower rota as well as decorating at the harvest festival.
She said: “From arriving in Barton-le-Street many years ago right through to the present day, Marion has continued to show what community spirit is all about, encouraging everyone to be actively involved in village life.”
Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by McClarrons Insurance
Winner: Kelly Gaughan, Derwent Valley Swimming Group
Finalists: Wolds Valley Youth Group and Emily Stolting, from Community Counselling
Jonathan Copley, McClarron’s Care and Social Welfare Executivesaid young people often got a lot of stick in the media.
“We don’t always recognise the ones that work with their local communities,” he said.
“A lot of these young people are the charity organisers of the future and we are delighted to acknowledge and reward what they have been doing.”
A special judges award was given to Thornton-le-Dale Village & Traders Forum, which was involved in the Ryedale Rural Awards for the first time, for the village’s Scarecrow Festival Maggie Farey, from Ryedale Voluntary Action, said: “Our judges loved this project which achieved so much for visitors as well as young and old in the local community.
“It was developed with community support and the judges felt it should be recognised for the hard work done and the colour it added to the village.”
A final presentation was made after a hamper, donated by Beadlam Grange Farm Shop was raffled.
All the finalists names were thrown in the hat and the £119 raised by the raffle was presented to RSVP North Yorkshire which was drawn out.
Sarah Lally-Marley said: “We would like to thank everyone for coming to the awards night, it has been a fantastic evening and thanks goes to all the winners and entries along with all our sponsors.”
“All the money given goes to the winners to enable them to carry on their amazing work in our local community.”
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