The Champions Awards 2021: from inspiration to aftermath


It all started back in late 2020:

How did this all begin? – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

What are we about and what do we hope to achieve? – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

As part of the Transition Town movement:

Sustainable Sidmouth – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

It was inspired by goings on in Tooting:

An inspiration for the Sustainable Sidmouth Awards – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards


And was launched in the spring of 2021:

Awards to recognise great things happening over the last year in the Sid Valley – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

With lots of news coverage over the ensuing months:

News – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards


A celebration of community efforts!

The Awards Ceremony took place on Friday 22 October 2021:

The Champions Awards 2021: “Thanks to everybody” – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

This is a celebration of community:

The Champions Awards 2021: a celebration of community – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

The official results for the 2021 Awards are announced!

Firstly, there are the winners and runners-up as chosen by the panel of judges, made up of Cllr Chris Lockyear, STC Vice Chair; Professor Brian Golding, represented at the Awards ceremony by Richard Eley, President of the Chamber of Commerce; and Chris Woodruff, Manager of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Community Award Winner: Di Fuller (Sid Valley Help)
  • Community Award Runner Up: Woolbrook News
  • Resilience Award Winner: Kyle Baker Photography
  • Resilience Award Runner Up: Sidmouth Primary School
  • Sustainability Award Winner: Sidmouth Plastic Warriors
  • Sustainability Award Runner Up: Fillfull Shop, Sidmouth
Peter Murphy, chair of the Vision Group for Sidmouth, presents the Chairman’s Award to Frances Newth, president of Sidmouth Voluntary Services. Photo credit: Tony Spooner ARPS, President of Sidmouth Photographic Society

Because of the many excellent nominations received, the Vision Group decided to make some additional awards, which are:

  • Chairman’s Award: Sidmouth Voluntary Services
  • Highly Commended: Sid Valley Practice
  • Special Mention: Thomas Franklin

VGS Chair Peter says, “The response to the Champions Awards far exceeded our expectations, and showed the enthusiasm throughout our community for recognising the major role volunteers played during lockdown, to keep the wheels turning on so many new fronts.”

The Champions Awards 2021: “and the winners are…” – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

The photos from the Awards ceremony now available!

If you’d like to look through the photos taken by Tony Spooner on the evening:

The Champions Awards 2021: ceremony photographs – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards


If you’d like to give some input from the 2021 Champions Awards – with a view to a 2022 programme – please fill in the online form:

Champions Awards – Feedback