The winners and shortlisted nominees of this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards working with E.ON have been praised for their contribution to life in the Borough.
Residents, groups and community heroes took their place in a showcase celebration event of the great and good with media partner West Bridgford Wire yesterday (November 30) at Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford.
It celebrated the Borough’s wonderful volunteers, businesses, organisations, environmentalists and the best of its health and wellbeing, sport and food and drink sectors.
Winner of the Pride of Rushcliffe Award, the evening’s most prestigious accolade, was Nicola Brindley who champions J9 and Tara’s Angels, training businesses and organisations in the Borough for free in her own time, creating a network of safe access spaces for survivors of Domestic Abuse.
Her work included an appeal for children affected by domestic abuse in their homes to receive Christmas gifts, that reached out to over 700 young people.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Neil Clarke led the praise to all those shortlisted for an award and to the many local sponsors who supported the accolades.
He said: “Many congratulations to our shortlisted nominees all of whom are so deserving of this recognition whether volunteering or leading by example in their chosen field.
“The evening was showcased the incredible people who make such a difference to people’s live in the Borough and it was a wonderful way to celebrate their stories and achievements, so important in making Rushcliffe a great place to live.
“This year’s Pride of Rushcliffe winner Nicola Brindley from Cotgrave supports domestic abuse survivors and her work to help protect vulnerable people is truly inspiring.
“A thank you to E.ON and all sponsors, your support is hugely appreciated and for the roles you play in our communities.”
Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards said:
‘Huge congratulations to all the amazing winners and nominees of this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards.
‘We had an incredible evening hearing about the wonderful work they do for our community.
‘It’s great to see them recognised for the difference they make.
‘A special congratulations to Nicola Brindley for winning the Pride of Rushcliffe Award for her amazing work with Tara’s Angels and in rolling out the J9 programme.
‘Thank you to everyone at Rushcliffe Borough Council for organising a really special evening.’
Media partner West Bridgford Wire Editor Pat Gamble joined the congratulations.
He said: “This was a special night with so many brilliant stories, not just of the winners but of all the shortlisted people and groups too, it’s heartening we have taken another opportunity to highlight just some of those who shine bright in our communities.
“Well done to all, you truly are all winners and thank you to the residents who nominated them for a record 350 nominations.”
The awards winners and shortlisted nominees were:
- Business of the Year, sponsored by Rushcliffe Business Partnership
Winner: The Larder at Aslockton, Aslockton
Fordes Coffee, West Bridgford
Vale Clearances, Bingham
- Food and Drink Establishment of the Year sponsored by E.ON
Winner: Tiffin Tea House, West Bridgford
The Atrium, Radcliffe on Trent
Poppy and Pint, Lady Bay
- Environmental Project or Group sponsored by Leisure Energy
Winner: Friends of the Hook, Lady Bay
Radcliffe on Trent Conservation Volunteers
Friends of the Green Line, West Bridgford
- Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Holme Pierrepont Country Park
Winner: Lindsay Thorpe, Cropwell Bishop
Barney Corrall, Gamston
Megan Stacey, Ruddington
- Sports Club of the Year sponsored by Lex Leisure
Winner: Notts Gymnastics Club, West Bridgford
West Bridgford Tennis Club, West Bridgford
Bingham Rugby Club, Bingham
- Young Person or Group of the Year sponsored by Ideagen
Winner: Tollerton Primary School Girls Football Team, Tollerton
Nottingham Kayak Club, Junior Racing Group, West Bridgford
Aleesha Gadhia, West Bridgford
- Community Group of the Year sponsored by Fairham
Winner: Countryside Enterprises CIC, Costock
Keyworth Community Projects, Keyworth
Wednesday Morning Coffee Club, Ruddington
- Volunteer of the Year award sponsored by Rehab Beauty
Winner: Mark Pinks, Ruddington
Norma Heard, Cotgrave
Catherine Fray, Ruddington
- Health and Wellbeing Award sponsored by Step Up Rehab
Winner: The Joyful Jukebox, Keyworth
Sands Utd Nottingham, West Bridgford
West Bridgford Colts, West Bridgford
Project Three Minute, West Bridgford
- Pride of Rushcliffe Award by Proludic
Winner: Nicola Brindley, Cotgrave
Chris Littledyke, Sutton Bonnington
Brian Lund, Keyworth