The dedicated work of Sherburn’s volunteers and community groups has been acknowledged by the village’s first Community Volunteer awards.
Organised by the 100 Club, a local business initiative which supports the Sherburn community, the event is likely to become an annual celebration.
Its founder, David Brook, was inspired by the voluntary work being done in the village and believed volunteers deserved recognition and thanks.
“This event was organised with the help of residents and local businesses who support our aims,” he said.
Twenty award winners included Lifetime Achievement awards for sisters Alma Hodgson and Myrtle Hall, recognising their 50 years’ voluntary service to the community.
They are renowned for supporting Sherburn Gala, Brownies, Guides, Sherburn in Bloom and the restoration of The Old Girls’ School to create a new community centre for the village.
The awards were presented at the event on June 6, by Coun David Buckle, Chairman of Selby District Council and a Sherburn resident.
Other winners were:
Christine Craft (Peter Pan Nursery) - Carer of the Year; Karen Packham (Old Girls’ School/Sherburn Informer newsletter/ Sherburn and Villages Community Library) – Trustee and Committee Volunteer of the Year; Kailum Selby (Scouts) - Youth Volunteer of the Year; Elizabeth Wilton (Scouts/All Saints’ Church Youth Group) - Adult Volunteer of the Year; Paul Dutson (Sherburn Bears Rugby League Club) - Sports Volunteer of the Year; Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club - Community Project of the Year.
Many local businesses supported the event by sponsoring awards or donating prizes.
Marrieanne Pal, of Creative Shed Agency, said: “It has been wonderful to see dedicated and warmhearted volunteers recognised.”
During the event, held at The Swan, Sherburn, the 100 Club presented cheques to several community groups: £1,100 to Sherburn Gala Association for new Christmas lights; £400 to Sherburn Bears to develop Youth Rugby; £300 to Sherburn Visiting Scheme to support their Dementia Cafe; £300 to Sherburn Guides; £100 to Sherburn Community Association for litter picking equipment. In addition a raffle raised £312 for the Sophie Michelle charity fund.