Eleven awards were made in the district councils ‘Hambleton Community Awards’ last week compered by John Clayton from Star Radio.
Now in their third year the awards pick out exceptional contributions to the district by residents young and old.
“The evening highlights the warmth, care and commitment of a dedicated group of people,” said Council Mrs Bridget Fortune, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Leisure Services, who hosted the event.
“It is very humbling to see and hear of their wonderful work.”
The awards went to:
Service to Young People Award: Stephen Cooke from East Cowton for running the youth club and inspiring young people and youth leaders.
Service to Older People Award: Orchard Village Club, Husthwaite for providing a social lunch club for older residents.
Service to Disability Award: Northallerton & District Talking Newspaper for providing a service for over 40 years to visually impaired people.
Parish Council of the Year: Husthwaite for caring for the village and its residents.
Community Group/Project of the Year: Stillington Community Association for running the successful community shop.
Green/Environmental Award: North Yorkshire Rotters for encouraging people to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Arts and Culture Award: Linden Purvis for running Hambleton Arts’ equipment bank for 15 years.
The Peter Davison Community Champion of the Year: Michael Webster for his work with young people, homeless charities, the food share, the food festival and the Methodist church in Northallerton.
Young Citizen of the Year: Ben Smith for overcoming personal difficulties while helping to run activities for other young people at The Clock in Thirsk.
Village Hall of the Year: Grey Village Hall, Sutton on the Forest for providing a community hub for the village.
And a new award for this year Heroes of Hambleton went to Swaledale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Teams for their tireless work over the Christmas period during storms Desmond and Eva, rescuing people from flooded houses.