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Community heroes recognised at special town awards

PUBLISHED: 14:09 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 03 October 2018

The Stowmarket Town Awards were held at the John Peel Centre Picture: JOE TAYLOR

The Stowmarket Town Awards were held at the John Peel Centre Picture: JOE TAYLOR

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Community champions and unsung heroes in Stowmarket were honoured at a special awards ceremony organised by the town council.

Kind Neighbour of the Year - Winner: Shirley Wright - L-R: Adrian Davies, Shirley Wright and Caroline Davies Picture: JOE TAYLORKind Neighbour of the Year - Winner: Shirley Wright - L-R: Adrian Davies, Shirley Wright and Caroline Davies Picture: JOE TAYLOR

The Stowmarket Town Awards, which were held at a packed John Peel Centre on Friday, September 28, recognised people for their outstanding contributions to the community.

The Stowmarket Town Council organised event, which was supported by the East Anglian Daily Times and its sister paper the Stowmarket Mercury, featured video testimonials of the contributions of the winners which were played over a big screen on the night.

Mike Walsh, of the main sponsor PPG, said: “I am a Stowmarket boy who now manages the site of one of the town’s largest employers. I can tell you that it has been an absolute privilege to be here this evening and share it with such deserving winners, many of whom I know personally.”

The winners included Colin Biginton, founder of ukulele band ‘Stowmarket Strummers’, which had raised more than £4,000 for the East of England Children’s Hospice, swimming teacher and county swimming administrator, Bobbie Wilson, and police cadet Gabriella Scarlioli.

Special Achievement Award - Winner: Ron Ames - L-R: Valerie Ames and Martyn Burnside Picture: JOE TAYLORSpecial Achievement Award - Winner: Ron Ames - L-R: Valerie Ames and Martyn Burnside Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Local business of the year went to malt producers Muntons PLC with Alan Ridealgh receiving the award for the company.

Sportsman and coach Ron Ames was remembered through the Special Achievement Award.

Mr Ames was a key figure in the development of Volleyball in Stowmarket and Suffolk for many years, before retiring from the sport and becoming an international triathlete, representing Great Britain on a number of occasions.

The master of ceremonies, John Webb, told the packed venue that Ron “received more nominations than any other person in the history of the awards”.

The Stowmarket Award - Winner: Bobbie Wilson L-R: Mike Walsh and Bobbie Wilson Picture: JOE TAYLORThe Stowmarket Award - Winner: Bobbie Wilson L-R: Mike Walsh and Bobbie Wilson Picture: JOE TAYLOR

At the end of the evening, Sheila Ravenscroft was named ‘The Pride of Stowmarket’ in recognition of her services to the local community and in particular, the part she had played in creating the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in the town.

The venue had been named in memory of her husband, radio DJ John Peel. In her acceptance speech, Mrs Ravenscroft paid tribute to the large group of volunteers who helped to make the venue such a success.

Where the Heart Is - Community Award Winner: Salvation Army Emergency Response Team L-R: Simon Gibbs, Major James Lloyd and Mike Baker Picture: JOE TAYLORWhere the Heart Is - Community Award Winner: Salvation Army Emergency Response Team L-R: Simon Gibbs, Major James Lloyd and Mike Baker Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Employee of the Year Winner: Amanda de Smith - L-R: Scott Garrod and Amanda de Smith Picture: JOE TAYLOREmployee of the Year Winner: Amanda de Smith - L-R: Scott Garrod and Amanda de Smith Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Sportsperson/team of the Year - Winner: Emily Moyes - L-R: Philip Rampley, Emily Moyes, Amanda Hines and Joe Blackmore Picture: JOE TAYLORSportsperson/team of the Year - Winner: Emily Moyes - L-R: Philip Rampley, Emily Moyes, Amanda Hines and Joe Blackmore Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Environment & Heritage Champion of the Year - Winner: Sue & Steve Williams Picture: JOE TAYLOREnvironment & Heritage Champion of the Year - Winner: Sue & Steve Williams Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Teacher (Coach/Youth Leader) of the Year - Winner: Rachel Bailey L-R: Malcom Cook and Rachel Bailey Picture: JOE TAYLORTeacher (Coach/Youth Leader) of the Year - Winner: Rachel Bailey L-R: Malcom Cook and Rachel Bailey Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Environment & Heritage Champion of the Year - Winner: Sue & Steve Williams Picture: JOE TAYLOREnvironment & Heritage Champion of the Year - Winner: Sue & Steve Williams Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Community Hero of the Year - Winner: Colin Biginton L-R: Colin Biginton and Councillor Dave Muller Picture: JOE TAYLORCommunity Hero of the Year - Winner: Colin Biginton L-R: Colin Biginton and Councillor Dave Muller Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Pride of Stowmarket - Winner: Sheila Ravenscroft - L-R: Andy Manning and Sheila Ravenscroft Picture: JOE TAYLORPride of Stowmarket - Winner: Sheila Ravenscroft - L-R: Andy Manning and Sheila Ravenscroft Picture: JOE TAYLOR

Local Business of the Year - Winner: Muntons plc - L-R: Gary Edwards, Melissa Abbott, Alan Ridealgh, Eamonn Sparkes and Andy Janes Picture: JOE TAYLORLocal Business of the Year - Winner: Muntons plc - L-R: Gary Edwards, Melissa Abbott, Alan Ridealgh, Eamonn Sparkes and Andy Janes Picture: JOE TAYLOR

The award winners were as follows:

Community Hero of the Year sponsored by Cedars Park CIC

Colin Biginton

Environment & Heritage Champion of the Year sponsored by Muntons PLC

Sue & Steve Willams

Kind Neighbour of the Year sponsored by New Life Family Church

Shirley Wright

Employee of the Year sponsored by Tesco

Amanda de Smith

Sports Person/Team of the Year sponsored by G Tydeman Jewellers

Emily Moyes

Local Business of the Year sponsored by Timberwolf

Muntons PLC

Young Person of the Year sponsored by Cabbages and Kings

Gabriella Scarlioli

Teacher (or Youth Leader) of the Year sponsored by Rotary Club of Stowmarket

Rachel Bailey

Where The Heart Is - Community Award sponsored by Stowcare LTD

Salvation Army Emergency Response Team

Special Achievement Award, sponsored by Red Gables

Ron Ames

The Stowmarket Award, sponsored by PPG

Bobbie Wilson

Pride of Stowmarket sponsored by Lions Club of Stowmarket and District

Sheila Ravenscroft

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