Residents and groups in Ruddington are being asked to acknowledge their unsung community, sporting, business and health heroes for this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards.
Organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC), the annual community accolades celebrate volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports teams and athletes in the district and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors.
Last year, Tim Williams and Ian Workman from Ruddington’s Wilwell Farm Cutting Group won the Environmental Group Award which they collected from Streetwise’s John Scott-Lee (top picture). Other previous winners are Ruddington Marketing guru Shamshad Walker (who helps to organise the monthly business networking sessions in our village) and Laura Ratcliffe who runs the Ruddington Mums Facebook page.
RBC’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “The Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards will highlight some of the outstanding individuals and organisations who truly play their part in ensuring the Borough is a great place to live, has great sport and a great lifestyle.
“It will celebrate such a cross section of our communities and the efforts so many people make to be a success in their chosen voluntary efforts, industry or field to contribute to the quality of life in their part of Rushcliffe. Get nominating your heroes now!”
The award categories are:
- Volunteer of the Year
An individual or group who gives countless hours and dedication to a Rushcliffe community.
- Business of the Year
Recognise a business in Rushcliffe that helps to support the local community. This could be through employing local people, growing their business, employing apprentices/ work experience or putting profit back into the Rushcliffe economy.
- Young Person/Group of the Year
An individual or group to watch in the future or being an excellent role model for other young people to emulate.
- Community Group of the Year
Recognising a club, organisation or community group who may have achieved success and are helping create a sense of place, epitomising what makes Rushcliffe great by coming together to improve their local area.
- Sportsperson of the Year
An individual who has achieved great success in their chosen sport, made a significant impact in their sport or in their club or team, been a role model for others and raised the profile of their sport or made considerable improvement in their performances and achievements.
- Sports Team of the Year
Acknowledging a team who has achieved success in their sport through diversity, competition or overcoming barriers to enable people to participate.
- Food and Drink Establishment of the Year
Recognising a fantastic outlet who provide quality, provenance, and presentation as well as being the best place for a cuppa, sandwich, pint, pizza, or pie.
- Health and Well-Being Award
Celebrating an individual’s or group’s tireless dedication in improving the health and wellbeing of members of their local community.
- Environmental Group or Project of the Year
Acknowledging individuals, organisations or projects that have an impact in making Rushcliffe a ‘greener’ place. This could include promoting nature conservation, reducing waste, improving energy efficiency, water conservation or improving quality of life for the people of the Borough.
- Young Environmentalist of the year
Celebrating an individual under 25 or group who has provided an outstanding contribution to environment, carried out an environmental project or are in the process of doing something associated with the environment, doing the most to make Rushcliffe a ‘greener’ place.
- The Pride of Rushcliffe Award
An individual or organisation who makes others proud to live in Rushcliffe. This could be an inspirational sportsperson, public figure or head of a community or voluntary group who leads by example to make the Borough a better place to live and work.
If you know someone in Ruddington you’d like to nominate for one of these 11 awards you can do so between NOW and October 7th at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/CRAs2019. Winners will then be announced and celebrated in a special ceremony on Wednesday November 20th.