People, businesses, building projects and community groups have been honoured at the annual East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman’s Awards.
The ceremony, which was held at Bridlington Spa on Tuesday, 8 May, celebrated the contributions made by individuals and organisations over the last year which has helped to make the East Riding a better place.
The finalists were all nominated by members of the public and invited to attend the ceremony where the winners were presented with their awards by chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Caroline Fox in her last engagement as chairman.
The awards were hosted by BBC Look North presenter Claire Frisby.
Councillor Fox said: “As my civic year comes to an end I feel privileged and extremely proud to be presenting these awards.
“During my year of office, I have seen first-hand the hard work and dedication of countless people, who work tirelessly within their local communities.
“I have been touched by the great warmth and generosity of spirit, which the area represents, and impressed with the good work being undertaken by many.
“The contribution of local people who give their time and work for others in a voluntary capacity with no though of reward and, without whose efforts, many if the good things we perhaps take for granted in the East Riding would simply not happen at all.”
WINNERS AND NOMINATIONS
CHAIRMAN’S COMMUNITY AWARD – INDIVIDUAL
Winner: Tony Baker – Cherry Burton
Tony Baker has done an enormous amount of voluntary work for the benefit of Cherry Burton residents. He is a member of the Sports Field Committee and has accessed grants to plan and build a multi-purpose games area.
Tony is on the tennis club committee and spends hours checking the courts, the multi-use games area and the outside gym and carries out any maintenance needed. He has also obtained funding to renovate the toilets which now include four new toilets and hand-washing facilities.
Tony is concerned about the environment and ensures the trees, hedges, paths, and parking areas are well maintained. He put up bird and owl boxes around the cricket pitch and the allotments and has planted meadow flowers.
He has been instrumental in fundraising for refurbishment of the tennis courts by arranging race nights, quiz nights, tombolas and stalls at the village show.
Tony said: “I never expected to win this at all – I’ve never won anything in my life before!
“I feel elated, proud, privileged and honoured to have won. I didn’t know that I had been nominated until I had a letter so say I was being considered.
“We are in the process of refurbishing the pavilion in Cherry Burton so maybe this award will go some way to help raise the profile and the money we need to complete the project.”
Claire Raper – Beverley
Sue Shilladay – Bridlington
CHAIRMAN’S COMMUNITY AWARD – GROUP
Winner: Kingfisher Cafe – Bridlington
The Kingfisher Café in Bridlington set up in 1982, initially helped drug addicts and progressed to feeding homeless people. In recent years they moved to new permanent premises to provide mealtimes from a fixed location.
They refurbished the café with the help of homeless people who were tradesmen who made the counter and helped with cleaning and setting-up the café, meaning money could be spent on important things like hot meals, clothing, bedding and toiletries. If homeless people are willing, the Kingfisher Café helps them to send birthday cards and mother’s day cards to their families so they know they are ok.
When people are re-homed they provide most things needed for setting up home to ensure they are given a good chance of being able to stay there and thrive in the community. The team provide social well-being by simply being there and talking through things confidentially, this can even include medical issues as one of the trustees is a nurse.
Rosie French, chair of the Kingfisher Cafe, said: “We were so surprised to win as we had stiff competition from the other two nominees.
“Doing what we do means that people can claim benefits as we can provide an address for them and we also help the needy too as well as providing a point of contact for their families.
“We have some great volunteers who help out and we’ve also had great support from members of the public too.”
R-evolution – Cottingham
CHAIRMAN’S SPORT AWARD – TALENTED PERFORMER
Winner: Ben Copley – Sigglesthorne
Ben is a talented athlete who competes in throwing events including Discus, Javelin and Shot Putt. Ben is currently ranked No 1 in the UK in Discus, No.2 in the Javelin in the Under 15 group.
In 2017 he competed at the United Kingdom Javelin Carnival and won Gold Medal in his Under 15 age group. He also represented Humberside Schools at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham where he competed in Discus and threw a personal best and won the Gold Medal. In the England National Championships he competed in both Javelin and Discus and became double National Champion by winning the Gold Medal in both events.
Ben also plays rugby union and was selected to be part of the England Rugby Developing Player Programme, following trials he was offered a place in the Yorkshire Carnegie Development Squad. Ben also plays rugby league and was offered a scholarship at both City of Hull and Castleford Tigers Rugby League Academies.
Ben, who is 15, was proud to receive the award and he said: “It’s a really proud moment for me to get this award particularly given the achievements of the other two who were nominated.
“It’s also recognition for my parents and my coach who taken me all over the country in order for me to compete.”
Alice Harvey – Melton
Charlie Coulam – Bridlington
CHAIRMAN’S SPORT AWARD – OUTSTANDING CLUB/TEAM
Winner: Pocklington Dolphins ASC
Pocklington Dolphins was established in 1965 and have made a difference to hundreds of members. They are an amateur swimming club with members ranging in age from 7 to over 60 years.
In 2017, the team were unbeaten in all competitive team competitions. They won the Scarborough and District Swimming Association Ridings League Division One for the second consecutive year gaining promotion to the premiership of the swimming league. They won the Border League title and 31 swimmers qualified for the Yorkshire Swimming championships. At present two swimmers are in the top ten rankings in England.
The club is run and managed by a team of volunteers including coaches, assistant coaches, poolside helpers and committee members, all put in hours of their own time to keep the club going.
The club has invested in a portable defibrillator machine and two parents have volunteered as judges and the club financed their qualification. They now use their skills to help in league galas and open galas run by other clubs.
Alan Kendra, chairman and head coach, said: “I’ve been involved with this club for 45 years and winning this award this has to be the highlight.
“This award is for everyone involved at the club from the coaches and volunteers right down to the swimmers, as if the swimmers didn’t come then there would be no club.
“It’s really nice to have been recognised for this award.”
ERYDSA Driffield Octopuses
CHAIRMAN’S ENVIRONMENT AWARD
Winner: Bainton Parish Council
Bainton Parish Council is an environmentally conscious council with many members working voluntarily to improve the appearance of the village.
Some time ago a group was formed to create a Millennium Wood for Bainton along a 2km stretch to the south east of the parish. Once permission was granted, hundreds of trees and shrubs were planted by volunteers, along with a dew pond, picnic tables and seats. The location of the Bainton Millennium Wood also formed part of the Minster Way, a footpath between Beverley Minster, Bainton Church and York Minster.
In 2016, the parish council obtained funding from The Woodland Trust to extend the wood and improve the area. The group planted over 600 trees, all of which are native English trees and thousands of bulbs and wild flowers have been planted to attract butterflies and other insects. All this was done by a dedicated team of volunteers who also carry out litter picks around the area, clear ditches and collect broken tree branches.
Barry Froggatt, chairman of the parish council, and councillor Steve Smith were proud to have collected the award.
Barry said: “At a time when people are trying to fell trees, we are trying to replace them in our own small way.
“We want to provide an environment form ramblers, birds, bugs and animals that is environmentally friendly.
“At lot of work has gone into this project so it’s nice to be recognised with this award.”
Jeanette Rotchell – Beverley
Rawcliffe Rubbish Ridders
CHAIRMAN’S BUSINESS AWARD – UNDER 50 EMPLOYEES
Winner: Fangfoss Pottery – Fangfoss
Fangfoss Pottery is a family business started 40 years ago. It is a small craft ceramics studio dedicated to traditional methods and quality craftsmanship. To celebrate their 40th year in Fangfoss they ran pottery workshops, treasure hunts, competitions and exhibitions.
They have developed a derelict building into a flourishing pottery and they run workshops in schools in the East Riding to encourage arts and crafts. The company has grown through attending craft fairs and trade events resulting in exports to America and Europe as well as sales throughout the UK. They create site specific handmade bespoke mugs with site specific emblems which are sold through visitor attractions across the country.
Given the unique nature of the business, most new employees are inexperienced so the owners invest in training staff to become skilled potters. Two former employees gained enough skills to set up their own potteries.
Gerry Grant and wife Lyn along with employee Julie Parry received the award.
Lyn said: “We have been doing a number of events to celebrate our 40th year so this is just the icing on the cake.
“We were chuffed to be nominated by the parish council and know that we’re wanted and valued by the community.”
Gerry added: “We were genuinely surprised to have won given the competition as some of those nominated were much bigger businesses than us so it was a real surprise to hear our names announced.”
Local Transport Projects Ltd – Beverley
The Water Wheel Tearooms and Bistro – Howden
Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield
CHAIRMAN’S BUSINESS AWARD – 51 AND OVER EMPLOYEES
Winner: Integra Buildings Ltd – Burstwick
Integra Buildings brought together a team of people with extensive knowledge of the modular building industry. They are now one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of innovative and bespoke off-site constructed modular buildings.
When the company started in 1997 in Beverley, it was making two units a week. They quickly moved to Burstwick to start a new factory and in 2007 opened a new site at Paull, these two factories have the capacity of producing 25 units a week. Integra made significant investment purchasing land in Paull adjacent to their existing facility to develop state of the art offices and manufacturing facilities to enable them to double production. This includes brand new machinery and tools, welfare facilities, head office and manufacturing space
In the new facility at Paull, Integra have kept the ground floor of the head office as a business and training centre, meaning they can support local schools and colleges by taking in work experience students.
Gary Parker, managing director, said: “This is just fantastic. It’s a very exciting time for us as we are about to move to our new head office in Paull.
“We have invested a lot in the area and created a lot of employment opportunities so it’s nice, through this award, to be recognised for that. This is just the icing on the cake.”
INEOS Manufacturing Limited – Saltend
Timloc Building Products – Howden
CHAIRMAN’S BUILT HERITAGE AWARD – SINGLE NEW DWELLINGS/CONVERSIONS AND MINOR WORKS
Winner: The Scriptorium – Bridlington
The former Convent, or The Scriptorium, 22 High Street is a Grade II* listed building, located within Bridlington’s historic Old Town. The building was constructed in the 18th and re-modelled in the early 19th century. Most recently the building served as a Dominican Covent. In this role the building had been subject to internal sub-division and was fitted out to provide multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, with modern fixtures hiding historic architectural features.
In 2015 consent was granted for the removal of these later additions to the building as part of its conversion into a single dwelling. In undertaking the conversion the owners of the building have restored much of the original plan form of the building, re-instated historic doors, restored fireplaces and installed sympathetic secondary glazing.
The successful restoration has removed the unsympathetic fixtures and fixtures of the 20th century and revealed the historic significance of the listed building, providing spacious and attractive living accommodation.
30 St Giles’s Croft – Beverley
King William apartments – Howden
CHAIRMAN’S BUILT HERITAGE AWARD – COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND MAJOR SCHEMES
Winner: Bridlington Lifeboat Station
The new RNLI Lifeboat Station building provides a modern life save facility in an attractively designed functional building. The site, formerly a boating lake, is located in a prominent position on the Bridlington sea front, surrounded by architecturally impressive buildings, such as Bridlington Spa and Belgrave Mansions.
The choice of architectural style for the building is Art Deco, which is reminiscent of early 20th century sea front architecture. The flowing lines and white elevations respond to the architecture of Bridlington Spa but provide a functional building with a high degree of architectural detailing. The timber joinery provides a high quality finish and the entrance canopy has the appearance of a 1930s cinema. The low profile of the building maintains views across the harbour and to the sea from the surrounding hotels.
The overall result is a building which fits seamlessly onto the sea front with a value of always being there.
Richard Dunk, chairman of the Bridlington Lifeboat management group who has overseen the project from start to finish said receiving the award was just another fantastic achievement in the history of the lifeboat.
He said: “April and May have seen two historic moments for the lifeboat – we’ve had the naming and dedication ceremony and now this is just the icing on the cake.
“We have a great team of dedicated volunteers as well as great support from the community and the public and this award is for them.”
The Temple – Hessle
William’s Den – North Cave
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