More than 100 people packed into Amesbury Area Board’s first community awards last night (18 January) to recognise people who have gone above and beyond to help their communities.
The special event was held at Antrobus House with awards given out to young people, individuals and teams.
The evening began with light music from Shrewton Silver Band before the awards were presented by Amesbury Area-based athlete and former Major in the Army Cornelia Oosthuizen. Cornelia competed in wheelchair tennis, swimming, cycling and golf in the 2017 Invictus Games.
Cllr Darren Henry said: “This was a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the warmth and generosity of our Amesbury area communities. It is always the people who bring communities together and I was delighted to be a part of this special evening.”
Cornelia said: “This was a fantastic event to recognise a wide variety of voluntary work across the Amesbury Area. It was a privilege to meet volunteers that are so passionate and generous with their time and effort.”
The winner of the individual award Maureen Atkinson said: “A big thank you to the area board and yourself for laying on the presentation ceremony tonight. It was a lovely way of thanking the huge number of volunteers that work in our communities. I was delighted to receive my certificate but stunned and very proud to receive the trophy. A massive thank you to all those organisations who nominated me. Please pass on my thanks to all the councillors, who each deserve an award themselves!”
Winner of the Under 18s Charlie Henry said: “Tonight was truly amazing and I really appreciate the recognition from all of you.”
The winner in the team category was The Durrington Charity Fundraisers. Other highly commended individuals on the night were: Peter Dennis, Carolyn Taylor, Claire Hutton, Dawn Watson, Gillian Clarke, Jean George, Katie Thomas, Laura Brisbane, Michael Dunford, Roger Stokes, Stacey Hartness, Terry Kemp and Tom Cox,
Highly commended in the team category were: St Giles’ Church Café, Durrington Post Point, Amesbury Youth Café, Get Wiltshire Walking and Mighty Ducks Explorers. Highly commended in the under 18s category was Collett Gullwell.