What’s changed – looking back at the Big Thank you and AGM

Through Big Kirk Hallam we are committed to honouring and celebrating the wonderful contribution of so many residents to help make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live.

But we were amazed at the response we had to our request for nominations for the Big Thank You awards held in December. By the time of the closing date we had received 96 nominations for people who live or volunteer in Kirk Hallam and who make a difference to the area.

Everybody who was nominated was invited to the Big Thank You Award event on 2 December. It was incredible to see the numbers of people who came along to the awards to celebrate all the contributions that make a difference to Kirk Hallam.

Every nominee was presented with a certificate by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson. As there were such a large number of nominations we decided to choose a winner for each of the 4 themes across the plan.

The winners were

Things to do and places to go: The Warm Welcome Club: Mavis Raines

Ethel Burton, Debra Ward

For all their hard work and dedication to make the warm welcome luncheon club a friendly and happy place to local residents to meet.

Access and the Environment: The Gardening Team at All Saints Church: Alan Boswell, Brian Bostock, David Pickworth, Ken Udall

The work that they do most days to keep the church yard and grounds maintained and tidy

Quality of Life: Lindsey Rice

Taking a dinner round to her neighbor every day and buying meals for him to cover when she was away on holiday

Education and training: The Reading Buddy team at Ladywood Primary School: Young learners: Abby Jameson, Bethany Martin Brooks,

Taylor Frettingham, Sylvie Humphreys

Showing the drive and determination to offer Ladywood children a library service giving up time before and after school and leaving the lasting legacy of the reading shed

It was so good to hear of all of the volunteering and work done by residents to make Kirk Hallam such a great place to live.

The event was held alongside the opening of the community café and Christmas activities and stalls, all of which were also popular. It was a bit chaotic with so much going on. We have therefore reviewed this arrangement and decided that this year the Thank you awards will be a stand-alone event with our AGM in October and there will be a separate Christmas event with Santa attending in December.

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