Individuals, community groups and businesses which make an outstanding contribution to life in Eden District had their achievements celebrated when they received Eden Local Heroes Awards at a Special Civic Reception held at the Stoneybeck Inn near Penrith.
The Local Heroes Awards were established by Eden District Council and The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. The six award categories have been judged by a panel made up of:
- The Chairman of Eden District Council, Councillor Joan Raine
- Cumberland and Westmorland Herald Editor, Colin Maughan
- Eden District Council's Communities Director, Ruth Atkinson
Council Chairman, Councillor Joan Raine, said: "There is tremendous community spirit in Eden District and the Local Heroes Awards are a way of recognising the individuals, community groups and businesses which go that extra mile to make this area a better place to live, work and visit. I would like thank all those who were nominated for their continued hard work."
At the Civic Reception £400 was generously donated to benefit the Council Chairman's charity Hospice at Home.
The 2012 Eden Local Heroes Award winners are:
Chairman's Award - For the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the District over a long period of time.
- Winner: Cath Pearce, Askham Guides/Askham Rangers
- Runner up: Wendy Wearmouth, Charity fundraiser, Kirkby Stephen
Young People's Award - For the outstanding contribution made by a young person or group who are aged under 21.
- Winner: The Alston Group, saving the Youth Cafe at Alston
- Runner up: Lauren Johnstone, Pategill, Penrith
Sport/Cultural Award - Outstanding contribution by an individual or team to the sporting or arts profile/success of the District.
- Winner: Alston Moor Film, Alston
- Runner up: Graham Emerson - Youth Leader under 18s football league
Community Award - For the outstanding initiative/project by a group or individual in their local area/community.
- Winner: Volunteer Teams, Bolton Exchange, near Appleby
- Runner up: Phil Dew, Tebay
Business Award - Outstanding contribution by an individual or business to the well-being of the District.
- Winner: Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth
- Runner up: Stainmore Railway Company, Kirkby Stephen
Environment Award - For the outstanding contribution made by an individual or group to the environmental sustainability of the District.
- Winner: Phil and Meg Hancock, Millrace environmental preservation project, Morland
- Runner up: Upper Eden Community Interest Company, Kirkby Stephen
The Judges' decisions are final; no correspondence will be entered into. Eden District Councillors and officers are not eligible to be nominated for Local Heroes Awards. Past winners of Local Heroes Awards cannot be nominated again in the same category of entry.
For more information about Eden District Council visit www.eden.gov.uk or at www.twitter.com/edencouncil
Notes to Editors
For more information contact the Communication Officer at Eden District Council tel: 01768 212137.
Eden District Council has 38 elected members and is the most sparsely populated district in England and Wales. The District area covers 830 square miles and has scenic landscapes, historic market towns, excellent tourist facilities and vibrant communities. The Council's strategic aim is: To Best Serve the People of Eden.