Coastal View & Moor News recently held the first Community Awards event at Saltburn Golf Club.
It was our way of getting lots of people under one roof in order to thank them for the contribution they make to the newspaper and every single person who attended was there for a reason and has played some part in the growth and success of the newspaper.
We invited advertisers, contributors, regular column writers, councillors who provide us with the stories from their communities, members of the local Neighbourhood Police, distributors and some real community champions who have inspired us over the last couple of years and who we felt were worthy of recognition.
The evening was opened by the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor Denise Bunn who spoke of the importance of working together in our communities.
Our very own Steve did a brilliant job hosting the night and with the help of our two local MPs Ian Swales and Tom Blenkinsop, presented the Coastal View Community Awards to the recipients.
There were musical interludes and our lovely singing niece Kelsey Sutcliffe, who received a special award presented to her by Councillor Olwyn Peters for services to charity, wowed the audience throughout the night.
Our special thanks must go to Mark Jones and his staff at Executive Catering for a lovely buffet supper, Jim Taylor of Guisborough Trophy Centre, who made the great awards for us and Julie Craig who put on a fantastic Candy Table which we know was enjoyed by all.
Without these people the night would not have been possible.
Thank you to Councillor David Williams who took photographs for us during the night as well as holding a raffle, where we raised £182 for The Junction Foundation, Young Carers Project.
At the end of the evening, Steve explained what is to be our next venture, to get 50 young people from our area into employment or training and you can read all about this on page 24.
Coastal View Community Awards were presented to:
Ken Bibby of Redcar – Ken has been a long time supporter of ours by writing regular columns ie Wayfarer and The Beak and providing us with regular stories about what’s happening in his area. He is a very active member of lots of community groups in the area he lives eg Redcar Coastal Defence, Friends of the paddling pool and East Redcar Residents’ Association.
Peter Collinson of Marske – Peter is the Chairman and groundsman of Marske Utd FC, Secretary of Marske Sport & Recreation Association and arranges fun days and Christmas events as well as being the owner of two businesses and an active campaigner in the fight for businesses on Longbeck Trading Estate. Peter has always been a major supporter of Coastal View in lots of different ways.
Cllr Olwyn Peters of Eston – Cllr Peters, during her time as Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland did so much to raise the profile of our area and we know that she will continue to fight for the people in it. She raised an amazing amount of money for charities whilst in her mayoral year with her enthusiasm and passion and many of her events included and highlighted the talents of the young people from our area, making us very proud of them.
The Junction Foundation, Redcar – During our first year of the newspaper we adopted the Young Carers, based at The Junction as our chosen charity.
This award was presented to CEO Lawrence McAnelly as they do an amazing job making a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and their families.
PCSOs Paul Payne & Lorraine Hudson – Westworth/Lockwood and Guisborough Wards.
We were introduced to our local Neighbourhood Teams by Inspector Charlie Bell and have formed a great partnership with them all. As a result of this we have come to appreciate the work the PCSO does in the community.
Paul and Lorraine have organized fun days, planting events, a mini PCSO scheme and more recently the Mini Olympics event held at Guisborough Rugby Club. The Inspector says they do things above and beyond the call of duty and we definitely agree with him.
Paul & Sue Davies of Destinations, Saltburn – We first met Paul and Sue whilst getting involved in a University research project. They offer ICT training both onsite and off, bringing people into the 21st century who would otherwise maybe not have access to the internet.
They are very active within their own communities by forming partnerships and bringing Saltburn forward as well as faultless supporters of our newspaper through contributions made, sponsorship and advertising.
Lingdale – We gave an award to the whole community of Lingdale that involve residents, young and old through various projects, including the Community Allotment run by Lingdale Lift Off, the childrens’ play park, the many successes in the Northumbria in Bloom competition and more recently the Prospect seating area.
This is a village that is most proud of its heritage and we are proud to be associated with them. The award was presented to Mike Jefferson and Vic Davison on behalf of the village.
Deb Whitlock of Loftus – We can have a newspaper but without our loyal team of distributors, who deliver the paper in all weathers, to your doors. We thank them all for the job we do and awarded Deb for her hard work and loyalty since the very first issue of the paper.
Deb, with her husband Steve, who also advertises with us, and the children, together make it a family affair to get the paper delivered and have never let us down.
SVEIG – Skelton Village Environment Improvement Group – This award was accepted by Eileen and Ron Goodenough and as a group they have never failed to invite us along to see the wonderful things they do.
They have been responsible for many environmental improvements including the creation of a BMX track at Skelton Green, and turning an area at Skelton Beck from a rubbish tip to a wonderful community park with the help of local schoolchildren.
Steve Duck of Integral Collection Skelton – Steve is a true community champion in every sense. He employs local people, buys local products where possible and puts lots of money back into the community by supporting and sponsoring local sporting events. He is about to hold for the second year the Integral Collection Junior Classic golf tournament at Hunley Hotel & Golf Club and encouraging young people to take up the sport.
Steve supports Coastal View in every way possible by advertising and has made it possible in the past for us to put out extra newspapers, therefore increasing our distribution.
Skinningrove – In the small coastal village of Skinningrove we have experienced some of the best community spirit in the area with fun days, street parties, a thriving village hall where they raise money for many charities, provide cooked dinners and make lovely bacon butties.
This is a place where we are always made to feel welcome and the community spirit here is second to none.
We were to present the award to two people who play a massive part in the village, Marie Shields and Margie Cox but unfortunately they could not make it on the night. Councillor Barry Hunt a Skinningrove resident accepted the award on their behalf.
Freebrough Academy – We have the most brilliant partnership with our local academy and even help them with their great publication, Freebrough Flyer which goes out with our newspaper three times a year.
Our personal contact with Principal Linda Halbert and Kim Forteath, now goes beyond a working relationship as we see them aiming to bring forward the next generation by teaching them life skills. They have been given the status of a Peter Jones Academy whilst getting the best GCSE results ever.