25 May 2021
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented situation we all found ourselves in during the past year, it had not been possible to present the Swanage Town Council Community Awards for 2020.
However, the Town Council is now delighted to announce that the awards ceremony was finally able to go ahead at the Annual Parish Assembly which was held at the Swanage Bandstand on Monday evening and which saw the local community come together and celebrate the town’s wonderful volunteers.
Many of the town’s volunteers work quietly away in the background and Councillor Mike Bonfield reported that it would be important to continue to recognise local individuals and groups who undertake vital voluntary services in the town and contribute to the quality of community life.
This was Councillor Bonfield's final engagement as Town Mayor, after a term of four consecutive years, and presented the awards to this year’s deserving winners as follows:-
GREEN CHAMPION – BRIDGET MAYES - for her support and dedication to Beach Buddies, Litter Free Purbeck, as a recycling champion and for her work organising regular beach cleans
SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT – SAM WHALEY - for his achievements as a professional sailor with the British Sailing Team
CREATIVE ARTS ACHIEVEMENT – STEVE DARRINGTON - for his organisation of and tireless dedication to the Blues Festival for over 20 years
SERVICE WITH A SMILE – AMANDA MASON - for her customer service and willingness to help, through her work at a local chemist's and undertaking prescription delivery services to local residents
SERVICE WITH A SMILE – VICKY MCKENDRICK - Swanage News, for her excellent customer service and being 'open for business' and carrying on throughout the national lockdowns
YOUNG CITIZENS 2020- ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL - for the sterling work that the school undertakes through its ‘Green Team’ and its environmental projects e.g. litter picking, beach cleans and walking bus to school, leading by example
GROUP/ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR - SWANAGE BREASTFEEDING GROUP - set up by volunteers in 2016 following funding cuts to local services, providing advice and breastfeeding support to young mums in a caring environment, and also helping out with young siblings
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2020 – BRIDGET COFFIN - for setting up and her tireless commitment to the 'All things Bright and Beautiful' Group to help those living with dementia, their carers and those with other health problems
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – DOREEN BRAGG - for her work, loyalty and commitment to the Mowlem Theatre since the mid-1960’s, and over 50 years’ service
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – DAVE TERRETT - loyal Carnival Committee member, and for his commitment and support as a fundraiser for over 42 years
AWARD PANEL'S SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD - SWANAGE FOOD BANK SUPPORT GROUP - run by volunteers, undertaking fundraising activities for the food bank, and providing crucial support for those in need in our community
SPECIAL AWARD – NHS SERVICES SWANAGE - for all the hard work and dedication to the local community, particularly during the very difficult and unprecedented times experienced during 2020/21
Congratulations and well done everyone on your well-deserved awards.