Winners and their guests gathered at The Food Museum in Stowmarket on Tuesday 20th September at the presentation evening of the 2022 Suffolk Community Awards.
The event recognised the outstanding contributions from 13 individuals and organisations representing young people, community buildings and volunteers as well as initiatives that have contributed to creating the most active communities and village and town of the year.
The awards are a partnership between Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Association of Local Councils. Their purpose is to celebrate and recognise the huge contribution that groups, individuals, town and parish councils make to the overall quality of life in communities across the length and breadth of Suffolk.
Christine Abraham, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Suffolk, said “the CAS awards celebrate and recognise those who ‘go the extra mile’ and make positive contributions to their community.”
Sally Longmate, Chief Executive Officer of the Suffolk Association of Local Councils, added “these awards provide an opportunity to showcase and applaud organisations and individuals who step up and make a real difference across our County.”
Cllr Bobby Bennett, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Equality and Communities, said: “Wherever you go in Suffolk, there are towns and villages doing amazing things to help and support their residents to be active and stay active. The huge contribution their efforts make to the health, wellbeing and resilience of people of all ages often goes unnoticed and unrecognised let alone celebrated. I’m delighted that the Community Awards throws a light on this hugely important aspect of Suffolk life and the impact it has.”
Compere Mark Murphy, BBC Radio Suffolk, added “I have always said we don’t shout loud enough when it comes to all the hard work individuals and groups put into making Suffolk a great place to live. I was proud to be involved in presenting these awards to these unsung heroes and it was a great idea to bring them together into one event.”
The Most Active Community Awards were scooped by Honington cum Sapiston (Most Active Village) and Felixstowe (Most Active Town). Honington cum Sapiston were praised by judges for the large number of opportunities for participation and volunteering in a such a small community whilst the sheer extent and diversity of opportunities available in Felixstowe for people to be active was given as the reason why the town was recognised. A full list of winners can be found below.
SUFFOLK COMMUNITY AWARD WINNERS 2022
Community Action Suffolk Community Awards
Colonel Probert Award: Quiet Lanes (Volunteers)
Ian Campbell MBE Award: Graeme Woodcock
Village Hall & Community Building Award: The Coddenham Centre
Suffolk Association of Local Councils Town and Village of the Year Awards
Small Village of the Year: Bredfield (Highly commended: Harleston)
Town of the Year: Carlton Colville
Community Action Suffolk Children and Young People Awards
Andrew Towers Award: Joint winners – Connor Blowers and Jordan Prior
Roddy Macleod Award: Lowestoft Boxing Academy
Anne Dunford OBE Award: Student Life
Suffolk’s Most Active Community Awards
Most Active Village of the Year: Honington cum Sapiston
Most Active Town of the Year: Felixstowe
Community Action Suffolk Volunteering Awards
Event Organiser of the Year: Suffolk Environmental Projects
Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering Award: Joint winners – Annie Bowen-Wright and Ann Lockwood
Suffolk Good Neighbour Award: Melton Good Neighbour Scheme
[Photo: Most Active Community Award winners Honington cum Sapiston and Felixstowe pictured with Cllr Bobby Bennett, Cabinet Member for Equality and Communities at Suffolk County Council. Credit: PagePix]