Chairman’s praise for Brid

Stephanie Heathcote, centre, recieves a community award at the Spa
Stephanie Heathcote, centre, recieves a community award at the Spa

Bridlington featured strongly when the 2013 East Riding Chairman’s Awards were announced at a ceremony held at The Spa.

The annual awards recognise individuals, companies and community groups and are one of the last official events to be hosted by the Chairman before relinquishing office.

Councillor Chadwick said the awards were a celebration of organisations and individuals who help to make a difference within their local community, as well as recognising investment made by businesses.

“It became very apparent from reading the many nominations received that there are many individuals, groups, businesses and organisations that create opportunities. They are not people ‘simply doing their jobs’ - they are people with vision who go the extra mile and apply their sense of creativity and commitment to make a difference,” he said.

John Gibson MBE, who has dedicated the past 35 years to promoting and organising junior football, received an award for services to sport.

He founded the highly regarded Bridlington Rangers Junior Football Club and over the years, through hard work and determination, has driven the club forward until it became one of the most prominent in the area - with some of the players going on to play at professional level.

He has also been secretary of the Bridlington Club for Young People, which provides a range of indoor sporting activities, for the last 22 years. In 2001 he was awarded the MBE for his services to young people in Bridlington.

Mr Gibson said he was as proud to receive the award as he had been to receive his MBE and dedicated it to the players, managers and committee of Bridlington Rangers Junior Football Club.

He said: “We teach them not only to play football but to be responsible citizens, to obey rules, respect authority, help players of lesser ability and learn to win fairly and to lose with honour.”

Stephanie Heathcote, who has taught at Bay Primary School since 2011, received an individual Chairman’s commendation.

Stephanie has given up many hours of her own time to set up a wide range of extra curricular activities for the students. When the school entered the Rock Challenge for the first time Stephanie started a school newspaper, with pupils as journalists, photographers, designers and typesetters.

She also set up a craft club to help make props, costumes and scenery and developed a team of set designers, trained stage managers and sound engineers.

As a result, Bay Primary School received the prize for the best choreographed entry in its heat and second best choreographed primary school entry in the country.

Stephanie said that she was thrilled with the award and paid tribute to the team of people who have helped her.

The Spa Bridlington received a team commendation, having earned a reputation for going out of their way to help everyone who visits. Their passion and dedication helps ensure that the Spa attracts prestigious acts and high calibre events and conferences.

The team support local events such as the Old Town Festival and Christmas light switch on, and hold raffles and bucket collections after shows to support local charities, keeping the Spa at the heart of the local community.

Duty manager Linda Darley said it was an honour for the team to be invited to their place of work to receive the award. Customer service assistant George Kay added: “I think it is well deserved because the team works hard, sometimes 24 hours a day.”

Keith Wells, chairman of Burton Fleming Parish Council, was recognised for his service to the community, particularly because of his role as part of the Flood Response Team.

Burton Fleming saw devastating floods over the Christmas 2012 and New Year period when at least a dozen properties were flooded and roads had to be closed.

Many more properties would have been affected had it not been for the dedication of the flood response team and multi-agency partners.Staff worked around the clock in atrocious conditions to protect properties from some of the worst weather on record.

Many cut short or cancelled their own Christmas and New Year holiday plans so they could provide the emergency cover needed.

Describing the award as ‘phenomenal’, ground supervisor Ian Donaldson said: “We had an obligation to help members of the public who were suffering and when you get thanks from them that is fantastic,” he said.

Councillor Chadwick said he had been touched during his year in office by the great warmth and generosity of spirit which the area represents, and impressed with the good work being done.

He said: “Tonight we have only met but a few of those volunteers and organisations, but I hope that the hard work of everyone pulling together ‘to make things happen’ will continue to develop well into the future.”