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Tough job for Craven Community Champion Awards judges
11:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A panel of judges from key local organisations have assessed more than 40 entries submitted to the 2013 Craven Community Champion Awards.
A final shortlist has now been drawn up, and the winners will be announced at an awards evening hosted at the Coniston Hotel on November 7, 2013.
This is the second Craven Community Champion Awards run by Craven District Council and the Craven Herald.
The awards celebrate the achievements of Craven’s communities and recognise the valuable contribution they make.
The judging panel consisted of chairman of Craven District Council Coun Donny Whaites, Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith, senior curriculum manager at Craven College Mary Waterfall, chief executive of Craven CVS Milton Pearson, manager of Craven Volunteer Centre Dee Pollitt and Craven Herald editor Matt Cornish.
Coun Whaites said: “It’s good to see so many entries made to the awards from across the whole of Craven.
“I am pleased we can recognise their service through our award scheme. It was a difficult choice to pick the best entries as so many excellent ones were submitted.”
Mary Waterfall added: “It’s really impressive what our community are doing and how selfless they are, the awards demonstrated how diverse our communities are.”
Julian Smith was also impressed and he said: “Once again, the achievements and commitment demonstrated by the entries to the awards was exceptional and I am pleased to be part of a project that recognises the hugely important contribution that people and organisations make to communities across Craven.”
Dee Pollitt described the judging as “a very difficult task”, and Milton Pearson said he was impressed with “the diversity and quality” of the applications which made selecting winners “more difficult than last year”.
The nominations were made in the following categories: Art and Culture Award; Best Community Project; Community Group of the Year; Best Green/ Environmental Initiative; Sports Award; Volunteer of the Year Award; Young Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
Craven Herald editor Matt Cornish said: “I was very impressed with the standard and volume of entries. We had to make some tough decisions, but it was really encouraging to see so many groups and individuals who go that extra mile to make our communities that little bit better.”
The awards evening will be held at Coniston Hotel from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, visit www.cravendc.gov.uk/communitychampions.