Stars of Mid Suffolk and Babergh shine through at community awards

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

This year’s Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk have been announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in Hadleigh.

More than 150 entries were sent in to the awards which were held at St Mary’s Church with categories covering everything from business growth to volunteering and sporting achievement.

It was the Redgrave Community Society who came out on top for Mid Suffolk: the society bought the Cross Keys pub in July 2017 and also works closely with the community.

In Babergh Will Hunt who runs the Disability team at the Cornard Dynamos youth football club.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Mr Hunt who also won volunteer of the year for Babergh, “it’s good to be appreciated especially for something that I love doing.”

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for communities, said:“Last night was about celebrating the real heroes and heroines who’ve done so much in our districts.

“We feel so proud to be able to offer these awards to recognise such outstanding achievements. We couldn’t have done it without any of our nominees or sponsors so well done to everyone involved!”

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Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for communities, added: “We’ve been able to celebrate those who do amazing things throughout our towns and villages, often unnoticed.

“This exciting and important work helps our communities thrive and makes a big impact in out districts. The look on people’s faces last night when they received their awards made the event and I’m sure that the happiness and memories will resonate long after the music and lights went down. Congratulations to all.”

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Simon Barrett, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economy said: “What a great evening the Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk was. Our local residents, volunteers and businesses do such an amazing job in our community and often go unnoticed for their efforts. It’s great to see them working across our towns and villages, ensuring growth and enabling them to adapt to the future needs of our community.”

Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for economy said: “The Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk awards are a perfect example of businesses and individuals across our area working in tandem to achieve great things in our communities. There were many stories of great triumph, only highlighting how our economy thrives when our businesses and people work hard to achieve results together.”

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

You can see a full list of winners below:

Business in the Community Award

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Babergh

Winner: Manish Patel, Shotley Stores

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Winner: Mukunthan Thurairajah (Muku)

Mid Suffolk

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Winner: Cabbages & Kings and the Mix

Finalist: Orbital Media

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Business Growth Award

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Babergh

Winner: Suffolk Market Events

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Finalist: Hollingsworths Store & Butchers, Chelmondiston

Finalist: Stour Sort & Sparkle

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SAR

Overall Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk- Will Hunt and the Redgrave Community Society Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Ocala

Finalist: C&K Meats Ltd

Community Group of the Year Award

Babergh

Winner: Stutton Community Shop CIC

Finalist: Ansell Memories Café

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Information Line Volunteers – Suffolk Family Carers

Winner: Talk & Support Volunteers – Suffolk Family Carers

Community Spirit of the Year Award

Babergh

Winner: Joes Golf & Activity Park

Finalist: Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbour Scheme

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Redgrave Community Society

Finalist: Radio Stradbroke

Best Community Achievement Award

Babergh

Winner: Team Together Tuesday

Finalist: Kernos Centre (KERNOS)

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Courthouse Café Volunteers

Finalist: Stradbroke Good Neighbours

Community Project of the Year Award

Babergh

Winner: Lavenham Community Land Trust

Finalist: Diane Chase & Audrey Lorford, producers of ‘Hintlesham & Chattisham, the story of two Suffolk villages’

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Inspire Suffolk’s Princes Trust Team at Stowmarket

Finalist: Search for the Stars

Sporting Achievement of the Year Award

Babergh

Winner: Sudbury Cricket Club

Finalist: Kelly Mires, Hadleigh Stars Gymnastics

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Mark Trent, Scorpion Martial Arts Academy

Finalist: Tim Carr, Claydon FC

Community Champion of the Year Award

Babergh

Winner: Norman Bugg, community volunteer

Finalist: Janet Dicks, Hollywood, Ansell Centre Hadleigh

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Irene Davis, community volunteer

Finalist: Roger Rehan, Founding trustee of Mid Suffolk CA

Finalist: David Goodlad, community volunteer

Volunteer of the Year

Babergh

Winner: Will Hunt, Cornard Dynamos

Finalist: Jane Snowdon, community volunteer

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Carol Prybus, Stowmarket Rookery Bowls Group

Winner: Chris Brook, Stowmarket Rookery Bowls Group

Special Recognition

Babergh

Winner: Carroll Reeve, Lavenham community volunteer

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Kat Terry, community volunteer

Overall Star

Babergh

Winner: Will Hunt, Cornard Dynamos

Mid Suffolk

Winner: Redgrave Community Society

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