Community Pride

THE COMMUNITY PRIDE COMPETITION WILL BE UNDER REVIEW IN 2017

 

Community Pride 2016

 

The 60th Community Pride Competition organised by Cheshire Community Action was celebrated on 13th October 2016 hosted by Sandbach Town Council at Sandbach Town Hall (funded by Cheshire East Council) in the presence of a large gathering of Civic Leaders including the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, High Sheriff of Cheshire, Parish Councillors, Competition Judges and enthusiasts who had travelled from all parts of the County.

The Overall Championship Award was presented to Crowton as Best Kept Village. Crowton is a well deserved winner with a very strong community. It is an active community with many local volunteers who all work hard to make it a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

Ian Cotton of ESSAR OIL UK, sponsor of the Competition, presented a plaque and cheque to the winner. Following the event Mr Cotton said: “It is fantastic to see the continued enthusiasm from volunteers across Cheshire who are striving to maintain and enhance their villages and towns to make them more vibrant and attractive for residents and visitors”.

The Cheshire Community Spirit Award was presented to Church Minshull which has seen an lots of activity by local people to improve the area in recent years. Community Spirit Runner Up was Tattenhall, and Highly Commended were Hatton and Rushton.

Rostherne won the Community Safety Award, which is sponsored by Cheshire Constabulary and a plaque with a cheque for £250 was presented by Assistant Chief Constable, Sarah Boycott.

Professor Tim O’Brien, Assistant Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, also gave an illuminating talk on the work of the Observatory.

The Little Gem Award has proved very popular.  It covers any area or artefact in the village, which shows special care and attention.  Twenty-five certificates were awarded.

This year’s newest award was the Cheshire Rural Women’s Award which went to Bobbin Lee from Tilston for her outstanding contribution to her local community.

The Best Community Website was won by Hatton, Joint Runners Up Bollington & Tarvin. The Best Community Newsletter was won by Wincham, Runner Up Rainow, Highly Commended Bollington & Helsby.

Mr Cotton presented the ESSAR UK Awards in the seven population categories.  These were Hatton, Crowton, Tilston, Christleton, Willaston (Nantwich), Grappenhall & Thelwall, Sandbach.

Willaston (Nantwich) received the award for the most improved village in the past year.

Three further competitions were – Best Community Initiative, won by Frodsham, with Highly Commended awards going to Holmes Chapel & Sandbach.

The Working with Young People Award went to Rushton.

THE Community Champion Award went to Joe Robinson of Pickmere. 

The Les George OBE Award was won by Eaton Play Zone.

The Competition exemplifies the community spirit in all the villages.  It demonstrates and emphasises just how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Cheshire a vibrant County.  The competition encourages villages to improve every aspect of village life which is under threat in so many different ways.

This competition would not be possible without the dedication of the volunteer judges, the sponsorship by ESSAR and the many months of preparation by the staff team at Cheshire Community Action.

For a list of the 2016 winners and runners up click here

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Mr Ian Cotton of sponsors Essar Oil UK, (right) with representative from Champion Village Crowton, Liz Stubbs and Mr Gordon Wilkinson, Artist of the painting of Crowton.

Results 2014

The 58th Community Pride Competition organised by Cheshire Community Action was celebrated at Congleton Town Hall (hosted by Cheshire East Council) in the presence of a large gathering of Civic Leaders including the Graham Evans MP for Weaver Vale, High Sheriff of Cheshire, Parish Councillors, Competition Judges and enthusiasts who had travelled from all parts of the County. 

The Overall Championship Award was presented to Sandbach as Best Kept Village / Market Town. Sandbach is a well deserved winner with a very strong community. It is a busy community with many local volunteers who all work hard to make Sandbach a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

Ian Cotton of ESSAR OIL UK, sponsor of the Competition, presented a plaque and cheque. Following the event Mr Cotton said: “It is fantastic to see the continued enthusiasm from volunteers across Cheshire who are striving to maintain and enhance their villages and towns to make them more vibrant and attractive to residents and visitors”.

The Cheshire Community Spirit Award was presented to Church Minshull which has seen an explosion of activity by local people to improve the area in recent years. Community Spirit Runners Up were Tilston, and Highly Commended were Hatton (Warrington), Malpas & Tattenhall.

Christleton (near Chester) won the Community Safety Award, which is sponsored by Cheshire Constabulary. A plaque and a cheque for £250 was presented by Mark Roberts, Assistant Chief Constable.  He also presented The Young Persons Good Citizen Award to Grace Bamber of 2nd Weston Guides, Runcorn.

Graham Evans MP gave a very interesting talk about life in the House of Commons.

The Little Gem Award has proved very popular.  It covers any area or artefact in the village, which shows special care and attention.  Twenty-nine certificates were awarded. 

The Best Community Website was won by Poynton with Worth for a Market Town, and Audlem for a Village.   The Best Community Newsletter was won by Helsby. 

Mr Cotton presented the ESSAR UK Awards in the population categories.  These were Hankelow, Pickmere, Audlem, Kelsall, Frodsham and Sandbach.

Tilston received the award for the most improved village in the past year.

Three further competitions were – Best Community Initiative won by Pickmere, with Highly Commended awards for Disley, Hatton and Tattenhall.  The Working with Young People Award went to Poynton With Worth, with Highly Commended awards to Frodsham  and  Hatton.

The Community Champion Award went to Sean Jones of Tilston, with Highly Commended awards to Kerry Bannon of Church Minshull, Ron Beever of Hatton, Dick Macaulay of Sandbach and Naomi Higson of Warmingham.   

The Competition exemplifies the community spirit in all the villages.  It demonstrates and emphasises just how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Cheshire a vibrant County.  The competition encourages villages to improve every aspect of village life which is under threat in so many different ways.

This competition would not be possible without the dedication of the volunteer judges who come from all over the County and spend considerable time visiting the villages who enter the competition. 

Results 2015

The 59th Community Pride Competition organized by Cheshire Community Action was celebrated at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall in the presence of a large gathering of Civic Leaders, Parish Councillors, Competition Judges and enthusiasts who had travelled from all parts of the County.

The Overall Award was presented to Audlem as Best Kept Village/Market Town.  The village is well cared for and attractive to all who visit it.  It is an active community which strives to keep up high standard of care.

Mr. Ian Cotton of Essar Oil UK, sponsor of the Competition presented a plaque and cheque. One of the reasons Essar supports the Competition is due to the important work done by local communities volunteering to keep and care for their local environment.  It is impressive how much hard work is done to make villages and towns more attractive to live in  

The Cheshire Community Spirit Award was presented to Audlem, Runners Up was Rushton, Highly Commended were Hatton & Wincham, Commended Pickmere & Tilston.

Tilston won the Community Safety Award, which is sponsored by Cheshire Constabulary Chief Inspector Giles Orton presented a Plaque and cheque for £250.  

Jamie Christon, Managing Director of Chester Zoo, also gave an illuminating talk on the Islands at Chester Zoo.

The Little Gem Award has proved very popular.  It covers any area or artefact in the village, which shows special care and attention.  Forty-three certificates were awarded.

The Best Community Website was won by Audlem, Runner Up Church Minshull, Highly Commended Willaston (Nantwich). The Best Community Newsletter was won by Dodleston, Runner Up Rainow, Highly Commended Helsby.

Mr. Cotton presented the Essar UK Awards in the seven population categories.  These were Hankelow, Crowton, Comberbach, Audlem, Kelsall, CUuddington & Sandiway, Sandbach.

Rostherne received the award for the most improved village in the past year.

Three further competitions were – Best Community Initiative won by Rainow, Runner Up Styal, Highly Commended awards for Brereton, Frodsham, Sandbach. The Working with Young People Award went to Frodsham, Runner Up Malpas, Highly Commended Church Minshull.

The Community Champion Award went to Patti Pinto of Congleton, Runner Up Geoff Prince of Frodsham, with Highly Commended awards to John Headon of Church Minshull, Peter Ingham of Pickmere, John Stagg of Rainow.   

The Les George OBE Award was won by Helsby

The Competition exemplifies the community spirit in all the villages.  It demonstrates and emphasises just how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Cheshire a beautiful and attractive County.  The competition encourages villages to improve every aspect of village life which is under threat in so many different ways.

The volunteer judges come from all over the county and spend considerable time looking at the villages.  They all agreed that standards are improving every year.