Public asked to make decision for communities award winner

Yoxford Bowls Club. Pic: Simon Ballard.

Yoxford Bowls Club. Pic: Simon Ballard.

Members of the public will decide the winners of an award for community spirit at an upcoming ceremony recognising the work of businesses and organisations in Suffolk Coastal.

The public’s pick of five finalists will be revealed at the Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards at Kesgrave Hall in September.

Suffolk Coastal’s head of communities, TJ Haworth-Culf said: “I know that our Enabling Communities team had a really tough time this year in deciding the finalists for this special award.

“This award helps us to recognise that, across our communities, individuals and groups continue to give their unpaid time and commitment to improve their local areas and the lives of others.”

The finalists are the Dunwich Reading Room and Museum charity, for helping to enhance tourism; Huntingfield Parish Council, for recent construction of The Hub community building; Brook Farm Residents’ Association, for organising the free Saxmundham Music Festival; Station House Community Connections, formed to restore the disused Station House in Campsea Ashe, and Yoxford Bowls Club, which is trying to purchase its green and attract more members.

Nick Pandolfi, from Town102, sponsoring the award with The Beach radio station, said he was “really chuffed” to be able to support the award, as it “puts community workers in the spotlight and celebrates causes, and the people that enable those causes, to flourish for the greater good.”

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