Unsung community heroes across Mid Suffolk have been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony.
The Mid Suffolk Community Achievement Awards recognised the tireless work of 24 individuals and groups who have dedicated hours of their time to help the communities they live in.
The ceremony, at Haughley Park Barns, was compered by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy.
Among the winners were Mike and Hazel Smith, who set up Stowmarket Food Bank, Colin Lay and Jane Wardropper, of the Red Gables Garden Project in Stowmarket, founding member of Stowmarket Lions Club Ernie Pearce, Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival co-ordinater Judy Eden, Mid Suffolk and Babergh Tenants’ Forums and The Museum of East Anglian Life.
Other winners included Stowupland Good Neighbourhood Scheme, community stalwarts Rita Goring and Jo Pitt, from Gislingham, Gavin Griggs, of Needham Market’s Phoenix Youth Football Club, and Mary Cadman, of the Ashburnham Club in Needham Market.
Mike Hammond, interim transformation director for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said: “Mid Suffolk Community Achievement Awards Ceremony was a superb evening which showcased some of the excellent work that inspirational volunteers across Mid Suffolk are undertaking for their local communities.”
This year’s ceremony featured a short film produced by media students from Suffolk One sixth form college shining a spotlight on the work each group had achieved.
St Benedict’s Catholic School String Quartet provided the entertainment for the guests while they enjoyed their buffet supper.
For a full list of all the winners please visit www.midsuffolk.gov.uk