Congratulations! Champion Awards – all the photos!

The night of Thursday 21st September saw an inspiring gathering of local schools, groups, businesses and citizens in celebration of efforts to make the Sid Valley a little more sustainable, resilient and community-minded:

Congratulations! Champion Awards – first photos! – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

Here is the full album of photographs of the evening, taken by award-winning photographer Kyle Baker:

Guests arriving and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.

Guests in animated conversation.

Simon Jupp MP and Cllr Chris Lockyear, chair of the Town Council.

More smiles, before proceedings start.

Guests taking their seats.

Expectant guests.

Vision Group for Sidmouth chair Ian Gregory starts proceedings.

The full audience at the Cellar Bar.

Simon Jupp MP addresses the event.

Judges panel member Eleanor Carr.

Students from Sidmouth College receiving the runners-up Award from Eleanor Carr

Students from Sidmouth College receiving the runners-up schools award from Eleanor Carr.

Nicola Dowsing, Forest school teacher, receives the Schools Award for the work undertaken by pupils at Newton Poppleford Primary School, from Eleanor Carr of the judges panel. 

Judges panel member Cllr Chris Lockyear.

John Hammond of Ebb Tides receives the Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Award for Business from Cllr Chris Lockyear, chair of Sidmouth Town Council . 

Applause from the audience for Ganesha, the winner of the business award – who were unable to attend.

Judges panel member Denise Bickley

The judges panel enjoying a moment.

Denise Bickley handing over the joint runner-up award for community group to Stefan Drew for his Bite Sized Gardening website and social media platform.

The runners-up for the group category for a Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Award were Tess Bisson and Stefan Drew for their work on the Sidmouth Community Food Forest.

Denise Bickley of the Awards judges panel handing out the winner of the Groups and Organisations Award to the Repair Café – Angie Carney, Mick Carney, Dave Rafferty and David Barlow.

Judges panel members Prof Brian Golding and Sylvia Brownlee.

The audience congratulates Tess Bisson.

Sylvia Brownlee presenting Tess Bisson with the runner-up Citizen’s Award .

The judges panel decided the Citizen’s Award should go to Stefan Drew.

More congratulations from the audience.

Heather Spratt receives the special Citizen’s Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Award from Ian Gregory, chair of the Vision Group for Sidmouth.

A final shot of the audience.

Audience members, including John Crouch of the Donkey Sanctuary.

Mingling at the bar after the event – with Chris Woodruff (one of the Awards judges and director of the ED AONB), Cllr Geoff Jung (EDDC Environment portfolio holder) and Richard Eley (former president of the Chamber of Commerce)

Cllr Paul Arnott (EDDC leader), Cllr Chris Lockyear (STC leader) and Denise Bickley (chair, Sidmouth Plastics Warriors)