The Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Awards 2021 were announced at the Awards ceremony on Friday 22nd October.
Firstly, there were 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
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 Herald followed this up with a full article:
Outpouring of gratitude to winners of Champion awards
‘Amazing’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘an absolute lifesaver’ were among the words used to describe the recipients of the Vision Group for Sidmouth’s Champions Awards.
Following last week’s announcement of the winners, the group have released extracts from the written nominations used by the judges to choose the people who had ‘helped Sidmouth pull through the pandemic’.
Runner-up Woolbrook News, which set up a simple phone ordering and delivery service for basic groceries during the lockdowns, was also praised: “They have been an absolute lifesaver, nothing was too much bother for them, they would even get supplies from other shops if they didn’t have it in.”
There really was an ‘outpouring of gratitude’ at the Awards event:
Finally, here’s the list of all those who were nominated: