Community Awards - Saltford Parish Council

SPC Community Awards

Community Award Ceremony - Saltford Parish Council

The SPC Community Awards recognise individuals and groups that make a positive contribution to Saltford life, and show leadership, initiative or commitment in the local community. The ‘Business in the Community Award’ is to recognise a socially responsible business which actively supports the local community in positive activities.

Residents and Councillors are able to nominate people for the SPC Community Awards. Nominations usually open in November and close in January.

Information about criteria as well as nomination forms can be downloaded from the website (during the nomination period), or alternatively paper copies are available in the Parish Council office.

Community Awards 2020

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination form to Saltford Parish Council for the Community Awards 2020. Nominations were considered by Councillors at the end of the March 2020 meeting (during a closed session where the public are excluded).

SPC are pleased to announce the winners as follows:

Volunteer Team of the Year – Saltford Wombles

Comment by nominators: “Amazing and relentless work getting Saltford clean and tidy. Barbara Turner, leader and volunteer coordinator of the Saltford Wombles, is very dedicated to keeping Saltford clean. She has been out on her own on many days including New Year’s Day picking up litter along the A4. Her commitment to this – and the efforts of all the Saltford Wombles – needs to be recognised”.

Volunteer Group of the Year – Saltford Sports Club Management Team

Comment by Cllr Duncan Hounsell: “The management team has worked very hard to improve facilities on a tight budget and has shown resilience, determination, and initiative over many years to provide a valued community asset and opportunities for sport and recreation to people of all ages in the village. The management team is very worthy of a community award in recognition of its effort and success”.

Achievement Award – Esther Welch

Comment by Cllr Marie Carder: “Esther’s volunteering includes preparing, cooking and serving food both at the Saltford Day Centre, as well as at the at Saltford Community Association fundraising events – including making curry for 120 people, aided by willing helpers. A neighbour has recently been incapacitated and she often cooks meals for him. She is an inspiration to others, and is a very kind and supportive person, an asset to the community”.

Achievement Award – Neil Baker

Comment by Cllr Jon Godfrey: “Neil has served the community of Saltford for thirty two years as a teacher and countless pupils will have benefited from his expertise. Neil founded Saltford School’s camps in Years Four, Five and Six which have provided valuable team building opportunities for these year groups. He has also led on the school’s performing arts and directed numerous school shows, supporting children in building their creativity and resilience”.

Business in the Community Award – iTeam Solutions

Comment by Cllr Duncan Hounsell: “iTeam solutions provides all the IT requirements for the Saltford Business Network (SBN) on a voluntary basis. The business was a founder member of SBN and has played a pivotal role in the establishment and growth of SBN, a support organisation for local businesses and traders. The contribution of iTeam Solutions has helped to achieve many of SBN’s objectives, including encouraging local people and companies to use Saltford based businesses, providing mutual support for members, and highlighting local employment opportunities”.

2020 Awards ceremony postponed until 2021

Usually the public announcement of winners follows the awards ceremony, which was due to take place in early April. Due to the cancellation of SPC meetings due to the COVID-19 situation, including the postponement of the Community Awards ceremony (a popular part of SPC’s Annual Parish Meeting), SPC decided to publicly announce the names of the winners when the ceremony would have taken place to enable the Parish Council to make the £70 prize donations in the winners’ names.

All the winners have nominated local organisations and charities to receive donations, the prize money being much-needed by some in light of the COVID-19 situation. SPC was pleased to make donations on behalf of the winners to the Saltford Wombles, Saltford Sports Club, the Saltford Community Association and the Saltford Foodbank. Both Neil Baker and iTeam Solutions nominated the Saltford Foodbank as their local charity of choice, and iTeam Solutions kindly matched SPC’s donation, making a total of £210 to the Saltford Foodbank at this critical time. (A list of items required by the Saltford Foodbank and donation locations can be found under ‘Latest News’).

The postponed Community Awards 2020 ceremony will take place in the spring of 2021, government guidance permitting. This will be a combined ceremony with the 2021 awards, and included as part of the Annual Parish Meeting 2021. In light of the double awards ceremony, Councillors resolved at their July 2020 meeting that the Annual Parish Meeting 2021 would be held on a larger scale than previously. This will include the hire of Saltford Hall’s main hall and lobby area, and have refreshments for up to 250 people. The date will be confirmed nearer the time.

SPC looks forward to the time that the Chair of Saltford Parish Council can present each of the 2020 winners with their certificate in front of their family and friends, in public recognition as winners of the SPC Community Awards 2020.

Winners as follows:

Saltford Achievement Award – Julie Sampson 

Saltford Achievement Award – Mary Stoate 

Saltford Achievement Award – Catherine Singleton 

Saltford Achievement Award – Kevin Reeves 

Volunteer Team Award – Saltford Primary School Parent TeacherAssociation 

Volunteer Team Award – Saltford Community Hub Library Volunteers 

Business in the Community Award – Saltford Community Library and Post Office

Saltford Achievement Award – Julie Sampson (Saltford Wombles)

Julie through a mix of her own personal enthusiasm and determination set up SEG’s Saltford Wombles at the end of 2014 to tackle litter in Saltford. She obtained all the necessary equipment (litter picks, protective gloves, fluorescent tabards etc.) and organised very effective monthly litter picks.

Julie stepped down from organising Saltford Wombles in 2018 and handed over the group to a new organiser in fine form and it continues to prove very popular and effective in the village. Saltford Wombles engages effectively with many members of the community and has included litter picks with Saltford School.

Julie has chosen to donate her £70 donation to the ‘Green Team’ at Saltford School, so that they can purchase their own litter pickers and hi-vis jackets for the children. 

Saltford Achievement Award – Mary Stoate (Saltford Community Library Volunteers) Collected on Mary’s behalf by Ian Purnell

Following the decision by BANES to close Saltford library, Mary took on the task of co-ordinating volunteers so it could re-open as the Saltford Community Library. Her enthusiasm rubbed off on the many resident volunteers (60+ to date) who now give up their time to be at the library which is open six days a week.

The majority of volunteers had no experience of working in a library, so Mary arranged for their initial training programme and has continued to oversee the continual development of the individuals’ skills. Mary also volunteers at the library on a regular basis.

Mary has liaised with South West Libraries, BANES staff and met with their representatives on behalf of the Saltford Community Library and its volunteers. Library membership has grown significantly under Mary’s stewardship.

Mary deserves recognition for her commitment, dedication and above all the hard work she continues to put in to make the Saltford Community Library the success that BANES South West Libraries have acknowledged. Mary has donated her £70 prize to purchase beanbags for the children’s reading area in the library.

Saltford Achievement Award – Catherine Singleton (1st Saltford Scout Group)

Catherine stood down as Group Chair of the 1st Saltford Scout Group at the last AGM after serving for five years. 1st Saltford Scouts includes Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers. During her time as Chair, the Wedmore Road scout hut was extended, insulated, and extensively renovated.

Catherine, in her time as Chair, was responsible for the full range of activities and demonstrated leadership, commitment, and initiative. Catherine was a “hands-on” leader taking a full part in all activities on site and at camp, and continued to act as Chair even when there was no longer a direct family connection. 

The numbers of children and young people taking part in the 1st Saltford Scout Group well exceeds 100. Catherine has donated her £70 to the Saltford Scouts.

Saltford Achievement Award – Kevin Reeves (Saltford Stars & SBN)

Kevin has given service to Saltford in a number of roles.

In 1993, Kevin shared in the management and oversight of the newly formed Saltford Stars Junior Football Club and continued to actively help the club for a number of years.

Kevin was a Saltford Parish Councillor from 2011 to 2015 and served as Chair of the Planning Committee making good use of his considerable knowledge of building construction, design, and project management. He helped to modernise and refresh the Parish Council’s ways of working.

Kevin played a large part in establishing the independent Saltford Business Network (SBN) and Kevin remains the Chair of the SBN Executive. SBN aims to support local businesses, local business people and the local economy.

Kevin deserves recognition for his contribution to Saltford’s community, and has chosen to donate his £70 prize to the Saltford Day Centre. 

Volunteer Team Award – Saltford Primary School Parent Teacher Association (Collected on behalf of the PTA by Ruth Presswood, Emma Willet and Suzanne Young).

Saltford School PTA forms an important link between home and school. All parents/carers and friends of the school are automatically members of the PTA. The PTA at Saltford School organise a huge range of interesting and exciting opportunities for the children and adults of Saltford. Each year the PTA hold the very popular Christmas and Summer fairs which are the main fundraising events of the year. They also organise class cake sales, children’s discos and adult events. For the first time last November they also organised a community fireworks events .

As well as providing fun and social occasions, these events help to raise funds to provide vital extra items of equipment for the school. Many years ago the school swimming pool was built and equipped by the PTA. More recently, purchases for the school have ranged from new computers and smart boards for each classroom, a new heater for the swimming pool, digital cameras, playground artwork and new equipment for the playground.

The 2017/2018 school year was yet another fantastic year for fundraising. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the committee, parents, staff, and everyone who attends the PTA events, a massive £25,700 was raised. £20,000 for installation of new interactive whiteboards, £2,313.71 on books and several thousand pounds worth of learning and play resources.

All members give their time freely, often in the evening after a full day at work. The work of our PTA is more crucial than ever. The PTA were nominated by more than one person for their proactiveness and for all the work they do to raise money for the school. Their £70 donation will go to the PTA to continue to help fund vital extra items of equipment for children at Saltford school.

Volunteer Team Award – Saltford Community Hub Library Volunteers (Collected on behalf of the Volunteers by Bob Wiggins and Marian O’Leary)

The volunteers have engaged enthusiastically with the management team to enable the reopening of Saltford Library for the benefit of the whole village. It is now a thriving hub, with library volunteers offering a warm welcome and practical help to the many residents who come through the door.

Thanks to the time they not only give on a regular basis but through time dedicated to being trained, Saltford residents no longer have to travel to Bath or Keynsham to get our library books.The volunteers not only run the library but by selling greetings cards and stationary they have raised funds which help meet the running costs of the Community Post Office and Library.

Saltford is lucky to have volunteers with such dedication and without their support the library would not be the success and service to residents that it is today.

Business in the Community Award – Saltford Community Library and Post Office (collected by David Halton, Chair, and Fred Smedley, Secretary)

The committee for this group have worked tirelessly to reopen Saltford Community Library and Post Office for the benefit of the whole village.The Management Committee have singlehandedly managed what at times seemed like the almost impossible task of setting up a Post Office again in Saltford, along with the re-opening of a community run library.

Their relentless determination to overcome all the obstacles have enabled Saltford residents to have a Post Office and Library located in the village, offering the many services which are valued by local people, especially amongst those who are not able to easily travel far.

Their passion for the Community Library and Post Office continues, and countless hours are put into its continuation as a key service in the village. Saltford’s residents are most fortunate to have a committee with such drive and energy to make this possible and they thoroughly deserve recognition.

Saltford Parish Council’s 2018 Community Awards were presented at Saltford’s annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at Saltford Hall.

The Saltford Village Festival volunteer team was awarded the Volunteer Team of the Year award. The team plans and executes the biennial Saltford Festival with its huge range of cultural and entertainment activities for all ages.

Individual Achievement awards were given to:

Sheila Bateman – for her dedication as honorary secretary of Saltford Community Association and her wider work for the village over many years.

Sylvia Dando – for her volunteer role as domestic officer for Saltford Community Association and her active work in the community.

Chris Essex – for his leadership, co-ordination and initiative in seeking to create a community post office and retain the village library.  Chris is the first person to receive a second individual Achievement award from the Parish Council.

Merrial Knight – for her charity work over many years which directly helped Saltford residents in particular her work with the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA).

Steve Johnson –  for his work as former chair of Saltford Community Association bringing SCA into the modern era with a vision that embraced the whole community

Clive Shipley received the inaugural Business in the Community award, through his construction company, acting on a voluntary basis as project manager for the recent major refurbishment at Saltford Hall.

Cllr Chris Warren, Chair of Saltford Parish Council, said: “All awards are to recognise those individuals and groups in Saltford that have made and are making a positive contribution to Saltford life, and are showing leadership, initiative or commitment in the local community.”

SPC’s 2017 community awards were presented at the annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 4th April 2017.

Winners are as follows:

  • Steve Glavin – Volunteer Leader award
  • Hinton Close Day Centre – Volunteer Team award
  • Saltford Business Network – Volunteer Team award
  • A posthumous Lifetime Service award was announced for Audrie Guthrie.

Saltford Parish Council’s Community Awards for 2016 were presented at Saltford’s Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 5th April 2016 at Saltford Hall.

The following awards were made:

Saltford Brass Mill Volunteer Group – the volunteer team’s selfless service, their achievements in maintaining and opening up the Mill to the public, and for engaging with the community of Saltford and beyond

Graham Bush – contribution to the Scouting movement in Saltford

Diane Hooper – contribution to the Girl Guide movement in Saltford

Owen McDermott – contribution to the Scouting movement in Saltford and for leading the Saltford Remembrance Parades and other initiatives to mark remembrance in Saltford

Bob Perkins – contribution to the Junior Section at Saltford Golf Club

David Phillips – contribution to the Junior Section at Saltford Golf Club

Jill Williams –contribution to the creation and development of Saltford Festival and other service to Saltford

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