This year the Wendover Community Awards were done a bit differently. The community were invited to nominate their heroes and an independent selection panel made up of individuals from local businesses, schools, sports clubs, emergency services and the community assembled to ensure an unbiased result.
Unfortunately, the award ceremony, which was originally planned to take place in April and the Annual parish Meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus. However, on Wednesday the 28th October the Parish council were able to present the awards outside Budgens on Manor Waste. Tom Walsh, Chairman of Wendover Parish Council, closed the presentation by saying how strong the community of Wendover is. “It is remarkable how the businesses and people of Wendover have looked after each other in these difficult times. The whole community structure is woven with clubs and organisations that all, not just the award winners, add great value to the lives of our residents”
Please see the below award winners and description for each category:
Sporting Achievement Award
Nominated by Robert Duggan
Aside from winning the Women’s Prince u23 British Squash Open Title, Katie has also achieved final or semi-final in competitions way above her age level.
Her commitment to squash as well as her studies is astounding and has put Wendover on the map! Special mention to her coaching staff who should also be recognised.
Outstanding Young Person Award
Nominated by Steve Bowles
Lola is 9 and a pupil at Wendover Junior School. She was the initiator of ‘Kids Clean Britain’ and it was her who put into action a ‘Kids Clean Britain Day’ which involved volunteers of all ages from Wendover. Thanks to her vision, this event was a total success; truly appreciated by all the Wendover community.
Enid & Jeffery Lawrence
Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominated by Ann Jimson
From Ann Jimson – ‘I have known them for 12 years since joining Friends of Wendover Health Centre and I have been a coordinator for 10 years.
Their dedication over 25 years to setting up and participating in the Friends of Wendover Health Centre, arranging and driving patients to their medical appointments, has been amazing. They have steadfastly continued supporting since the charity’s inception and they both always do everything with a smile and very kind heart.'
Wendover Dementia Support (Monday Club Café)
Volunteer of the Year Award
Nominated by Susanna Allford
When a family member is diagnosed with dementia the whole family are affected. Each family’s journey is different, and people are too proud to ask for help. The Monday Club Café team provide a welcome rest for family members but also an environment where the whole family can feel secure, understood, safe and enjoy themselves. Without these people we would not have this facility.
Wendover Action Group
Service with a Smile Award
Nominated by Alan Myers
Wendover Action Group has been carrying out its work for many years quietly and without fuss. All drivers and committee members are volunteers and give up their time generously. Without this service many disabled people would never get out to meet others.
Creative Arts Award
Nominated by Emma Salmon & Rachel Hunt
Pippa always goes over and above for her music students. From accompanying them to exams and gradings to putting on ‘The Big Gig’ each year which is a showcase for the students’ musical achievements.
Pippa could not be more encouraging and supportive, and nothing is ever too much trouble. She is the unsung musical hero of Wendover!