From an outstanding young carer to the best allotment in Bury St Edmunds, the annual Town Council awards praised them all.
Before presenting the St Edmunds Day awards last night, council chairman. Stefan Oliver said: “There are so many people in Bury who do things for Bury and this is our way of thanking them.”
The Young Citizen of the Year was Cheyenne Wilkinson, 11, who cares for her disbled father and was descr8ibed as a model pupil at Howard Middle School.
Cheyenne said: “For me fun is looking after my dad, but I do go out with my friends.”
Her teacher Kathy Korth said she was so confident and happy atr school they were surprised to discover her home situation.
She added: “Shes a natural born teacher. She mentors other pupils. She has the gift to help them learn.”
Adult Citizen of the Year was Alan McAndrew who has given over 40 years of voluntary service to St Edmundsbury Cathedral as a handyman, steward and welcoming visitors.
The first Business of the Year, nominated by customers, was motorcycle couriers Concierge Couriers. Owner Steve Lee said: “Our speciality is personal service. We pick up a package and it will be the same person all the way through to delivery point.”
The company he runs with his partner Carola Smedjebacka was nominated because of ‘its contribution to the success of many other local businesses large and small’.
The best allotment prize went to Steve Ohlson whose Cotton Lane plot has taken it all three years he has had it.
Steve said: “It was a new plot. Everybody had to work hard at it. My two grandchildren enjoy it and they get to see the community down there.”
The full list of nominations and winners is:
Citizen of the Year Award
Finalists in alphabetical order:
Roger Ballam has been a volunteer minibus driver for the Bury St Edmunds St Edmunds Volunteer Centre for 3 years, providing essential transport in all weathers and lending a hand to those who need it.
Jim Bowden is described as a very helpful allotment tenant at the Nowton Road site, he is always willing to help other tenants with advice or physical help. He has recently spent many hours weeding and digging to create an area on the site for tenants to sit and compare notes and gardening tips!
Alan McAndrew has given over 40 years of voluntary service to St Edmundsbury Cathedral as a ‘handyman’, stewarding and welcoming visitors. He set up the Cathedral’s ‘Groundforce’ team of volunteers who maintain the areas around the Cathedral and enhance them with flowers and plants; the team also restored the herb garden.
Tom Murray was nominated for personally raising over one and a quarter million pounds for many different charities including the West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind; ‘he works with young and old to better the community’.
Christopher Webb has volunteered for the Bury St Edmunds Volunteer Centre for 10 years as a driver for its Community Transport Service (formally known as Dial-a-Ride) which provides transport for elderly and disabled people, as well as taking people on excursion trips. “His happy smiling face brightens everyone’s day!”
WINNER OF CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2013 IS: ALAN MCANDREW
Young Citizen of the Year Award
Finalists in alphabetical order:
Jordan Chaplin has many health challenges and is unable to walk unaided but he attends Howard Primary school and a metal frame on wheels enables him to move around and play in the playground with his friends. He is very excited about going to Howard Middle School next year.
Elliot Potter is an enthusiastic and hardworking member of the Air Training Cadets; he volunteers as a ‘marshal’ for lots of different fund raising events and also his recent bungee jump raised £250 for Help for Heroes. He was the youngest jumper.
Cheyenne Wilkinson is a carer for her father. At school she is described as a ‘model student and can always be relied upon to go above and beyond’ as well as being patient and helping other students in lessons too.
WINNER OF YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2013 IS: CHEYENNE WILKINSON
Business of the Year Award
The winner is Concierge Couriers
Concierge Couriers provides a motor cycle courier service transporting documents, medical supplies, forgotten keys and much more. The company is also committed to environmental sustainability and in 2012 was accredited with the ‘Suffolk Carbon Charter’ bronze award.
Best Residents Association
The winner is Churchgate Area Association
It represents residents and businesses in the historic core of the Town. It is very active and is concerned with many issues including planning and licensing, petty vandalism and illegal parking. It recently put forward proposals for reducing car usage in the historic town centre, based on a study carried out on its behalf. It keeps its members up-to-date via its frequent newsletter.
This year there is an award for the best allotment on each site
Winner – Dr Steve Ohlsen; Finalists – Mr L Barstow, James Mann
Winner – Jim Bowden: Finalists – Chris & Patricia Cole, Cecil Jay
Winner – Steve Lee & Carola Smedjebacka: Finalists – Mr D Rose, Mr R J Smith
Winner – Mrs D Sharman
Winner of Best Allotment Plot 2013 - Dr Steve Ohlsen (Cotton Lane)
Best Newcomer 2013
Winner – Colin St John-Murphy (Cotton Lane): Finalists – John Allsop (Nowton Road), Gunter Bartsch (Sicklesmere Road), Christopher Baylie (Sicklesmere Road), Claire Evans (Nowton Road), Mini Mathew (Nowton Road), Terence Rayner (Sicklesmere Road)