A Blyth school teacher’s LOVE Northumberland award-winning work has also led him to be representing the county at this weekend’s Royal Wedding.
David Gregory from Newsham Primary School was instrumental in working with students on the ‘Newsham Love Northumberland’ project which was runner-up in the Best Children’s Project category at last year’s awards.
In the build up to Northumberland Day last year the school spent the term celebrating all of the things that make the county special. They studied Northumberland landscape architect Capability Brown, the history of the county flag and local dialects, and improved their school environment with nature trail and bat boxes in the grounds.
When the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, her Grace the Duchess, was looking for nominees to represent the county at the Royal Wedding, David was put forward by the council’s LOVE Northumberland awards team.
He was an obvious choice for this work his work strengthening and celebrating his local community and young people in Blyth. He is also a driving force behind the Port of Blyth’s STEM hub, designed to encourage pupils’ engagement with STEM subjects, and inspire their future careers.
David said: “It is a real honour to represent the school, the teachers and children, and the communities of Blyth and Northumberland at this weekend’s Royal Wedding.
“It is amazing that all this has happened through the work I have been involved in at school that gained a LOVE Northumberland Award. I am very grateful to the team for putting me forward and privileged to have been chosen by the Duchess. It is also a great chance to celebrate my own wedding anniversary, as I got married a year ago, almost to the day.”
May 20 is David’s own first wedding anniversary and he is taking his wife Hannah with him to enjoy the festivities in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Entries are now open for the LOVE Northumberland awards 2018 – inviting nominations from projects and initiatives which improve local areas or neighbourhoods for the benefit of members of the local community.
Cllr Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council recently visited Newsham Primary School to view the work which contributed towards last year’s award, and to meet David and other staff members at the school.
He said: “The LOVE Northumberland awards celebrate the work of the schools, community groups and individual volunteers whose endeavours preserve and enhance the environment of our great county.
“It has been great to hear about the work at Newsham that led the school to gain recognition at the LOVE Northumberland Awards last year. I am extremely pleased that the work at the school has led to David being nominated to represent Northumberland at the Royal Wedding – I am sure he will have a very enjoyable time.
“We are welcoming entries for this year’s awards and I would encourage anyone with an environmental story to tell to get in touch and make an application for an award. As a council we want to protect and enhance Northumberland’s environment. Community involvement is critical to this, and we want to celebrate all of the effort that goes on day in and day out across the county.”
The closing date for entries is Friday 8 June and winners will be presented by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland at an event at The Alnwick Garden on Thursday 12 July.
Entries are invited for the categories of best children’s project; best young people’s project; best urban project; best coast or countryside project; best new project; best school recycling project; and an award for an outstanding individual.
The main sponsor of the annual awards is the Banks Group.
If you want to enter, or know someone who should, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/love to find out more and download an application form. You can also emailcarrol.hessey@northumberland.