Following musical performances from Emily Rose and William Oddy, who are both pupils at the Plume Academy, the prestigious PRIDE OF MALDON AWARD 2020 was announced by the Town Mayor, Cllr Flo Shaughnessy. The worthy recipients were Helen and Colin Philpott, for their considerable involvement in so many of the town’s groups, such as Action for Family Carers, the Twinning Association, the Gepp Charity, the Price Charity and the Joseph Henry Unwin Trust.
The recipients of the other awards were:-
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – introduced and presented by Cllr Martin Harvey to Siobhan Gower, whose commitment, dedication and hard work for the scouting community is humbling.
CARER OF THE YEAR – introduced and presented by Cllr Lillian Dowling to Karen Redgrave and Paula Clarke. Paula is a wonderful carer who makes a very significant positive impact every day on many lives at the Excelcare Longfield Care Home. Karen is a carer who goes well beyond the call of duty – nothing is too much trouble for her clients.
YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR – introduced by Cllr Flo Shaughnessy, Town Mayor, and presented to Lewis Bridgeman, a Year 9 Plume Academy student, excelling at drama and many other subjects. He was an amazing quiz master at a recent Charity Quiz at Plume. The whole atmosphere of the evening was electric due to his personality shining through and amazing sense of humor. What a great ambassador for the Plume Academy. The school can feel rightly proud of all of his achievements both academic and social.
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – introduced and presented by Cllr Stephen Nunn to Dawn Dack, Head Teacher at Wentworth School. This real community school has many ongoing initiatives illustrated by consistency, especially with raising money for the poppy appeal. As head teacher, Dawn has a great rapport with students and offers opportunities for all abilities ensuring everyone counts, everyone has the chance to succeed, to discover their best self and she teaches the pupils how to lead a life of integrity, respect and happiness.
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD – introduced and presented by Cllr Andrew Lay to the Maldon Citizens Advice Bureau. The group are a very important part of the community because of the support they provide. Through free advice they have assisted over 3,000 clients with over 10,000 issues. They have overcome many challenges in relation to their administration and funding but have continued with good grace and are an absolute asset to the District and all that approach them for assistance. The community would be much the poorer without them and we should all be grateful for what they do and for all those who volunteer to support the centre.
LONG SERVICE VOLUNTEER – introduced and presented by Cllr Jeanette Stilts to Peter Webb who is a long serving member of the Royal British Legion and has been a key player for decades in organising the annual Remembrance Service. He is modest and never seeks recognition. Others around him have been formally recognised before and he has been very supportive of them. Now it is Peter’s turn to receive this well deserved long service achievement award for a job very well done. We all thank you Peter for the long service that you have provided which will never be forgotten.
ARTS & CULTURE AWARD – introduced and presented by Cllr Kevin Lagan to Julia Chilver
Who encourages and nurtures opportunities for our youth through a freedom and appreciation of music. Her teaching at All Saints School supports the learning skills of other subjects. Music is also a wonderful way to maintain mental good health and through her work at Maldon Youth Orchestra children have a forum for friendship, development and fun on a Friday evening and skills for life
BEST BUSINESS CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY – introduced and presented by Cllr Abdul Hafiz to the Queen Victoria Public House. As with any pub so much is dependent on the landlord and the current landlord has a good business head and is very welcoming. The food and drink is now of the best quality and the pub always looks attractive, the Christmas lights were outstanding and their amusing messages on the external notice board brings a smile to everyone’s face. The pub also received the best public house award from Maldon In Bloom awards in 2019.