Our 2019 South Norfolk Community Awards took place on Tuesday 4 June at The Corn Hall, Diss.
The awards celebrate the valuable contribution volunteers make to the district, whether running a sports club, hosting events, fundraising, or helping around the community.
We received over 70 nominations and struggled to whittle it down to nine winners from all the worthy nominees. We are pleased to announce the winners of 2019 are:
Volunteer of the Year
Tony is the founder of Lemon Day in Wymondham, now an annual event to raise money for charity. Tony is passionate about the local community and is regularly seen in and around Wymondham.
Community Group of the Year
Sponsored by Eastern Play Services
Poringland and District Men's Shed
The shed is the first Men’s Shed to be established in South Norfolk and provides unique opportunities and a safe environment for men to meet and share skills and experiences.
Community Wellbeing Champion of the Year
Sponsored by Whiltshire Farm Foods
Samantha’s enthusiasm for exercise prompted her to set up a successful jogging group in Long Stratton, which has proven to be life changing for so many.
Lifetime Community Hero
Sponsored by East of England Funeral Services
Chris’s hard work and dedication to the village of Tharston has been outstanding. His recent successful events have included open gardens and the annual Tharston fete.
Community Fundraiser of the Year
Sponsored by Orbit Housing
Hethersett Pantomime Group
The group started 50 years ago and has been producing and delivering professional family friendly panto every year and raising over £114,000 for good causes.
Business Community Champion of the Year
Sponsored by Hughes Electrical
Sharon Harkin, East of England Co-op
Sharon gets involved in community projects of all shapes and sizes. Judges were particularly impressed by her commitment to supporting those living with dementia.
Environmental Champion of the Year
Sponsored by Smurfit Kappa
Friends of Swardeston Common
The group was started by four friends with a shared goal to improve Swardeston Common. Raising funds and recruiting volunteers has led to many improvements in this rural village and has strengthened community values.
Young Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Saffron Housing
Kieran regularly gives up his free time to be a Young Commissioner for the South Norfolk Youth Advisory Board, as well as a Member of the Diss Town Young Council.
Special Recognition Award
Sponsored by Continental Product Engineering
Tristan Cork, Finnbar's Force
Tristan’s exceptional work in creating FinnbarsForce in memory of his son deserved this Special Recognition.
Special thanks to our 2019 award sponsors: