A whole village has been honoured with a community award for coming together to make a difference to the people that live there.
Volunteers in the village of Newtoft were singled out for praise at this year’s Community Spirit Awards for living up to the name of the award and creating a community to be proud of.
“The idea came to me initially when I was editing the magazine,” said Anne Crawforth, one of the Community Spirit magazine team who select the award winners.
“This village has so few facilities but always gives lots of information to print in the magazine. And the events are not just for children but for the whole village to enjoy - a wonderful community.
“They have battled and battled over the past eight years for a village hall and in May they will find out if their lottery grant application has been successful.
“This award is not just for the people who organise events but for those that support things too - they really do deserve this award.”
A small group of residents received the award on behalf of the village and spokesman Richard Corrigan praised the work of one individual in particular.
“Rob Nelson has done a great deal of work for the village hall committee,” said Mr Corrigan.
“And for quite a few years a lot of people in Newtoft have raised a lot of money and I would like to thank them.”
An individual award was also made to Mary Jordan from East Barkwith for her outstanding work in the community.
Having come to the East Barkwith Group area as headmistress of the village school, she continues to be an active and willing supporter of all that goes on in the village.
She is a founder, highly involved and consistent member of the gardening group and also served on the village hall committee, 12 years as chairman.
Within the church community, Ms Jordan has run the children’s work, is on the Deanery Synod Group, is PCC secretary and a lay reader.
“Where would we be without her,” said Veronica Chamberlin, who presented Mary with her award.
Finally, there was one extra award - to a very surprised Anne Crawforth.
“This lady puts in a tremendous amount of work and we wouldn’t be with the magazine where we are today without her.
“She also helps with many other things in the village; she also spends a lot of time raising money for the Air Ambulance.
“It is with grateful thanks we present a special award to Anne with thanks for all she does.”