It’s time to shine for stars in a community

Taking centre stage: the Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri, joins some of the winners of the North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards on stage at Trinity Academy, Holmfield                             Picture: Steven Lilley
Taking centre stage: the Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri, joins some of the winners of the North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards on stage at Trinity Academy, Holmfield Picture: Steven Lilley

STARS from across North Halifax shone at the annual celebration of local community heroes.

The great and the good of the area came together for the fourth annual North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards 2012.

The evening was hosted at Trinity Academy, in partnership with St Catherine’s Catholic High School.

Winners were John Calpin, a member of the Safer Cleaner Greener team, who won contribution to our environment; Sara Holroyd, leader of St George’s Youth Project, who won contribution to children and young people; the Challengers’ Team, which organises many community events, won contribution to culture.

Alan Dickinson, of Halifax Table Tennis Centre, won contribution to sport and play; Pat Highley and Cheryl Earnshaw, who run the Furness Charity Shop, won community involvement.

There were two winners of the young person of the year award: Year 6 coach Bethany Armstrong and Declan Fusco, who volunteers as a grounds-maintenance man for Pennine Housing.

Illingworth and Bradshaw Local Activity Group won the award for contribution to the older generation and Tony Sheard, a joinery tutor at North Halifax Skills Centre, won for contribution to work and training. Outstanding individual was Sarah Bedford, chairwoman of North Halifax Partnership and the Rev Jean Hoggard won the lifetime achievement award.

Liz Broadley, neighbourhood manager for Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, which organised the awards, said: “What a fantastic night. After four years you might think we’d be running thin on nominations but every year they just keep on coming.

“People who live and work in North Halifax know all about the talent and community spirit in our communities, and it’s great that the Courier helps us share our pride with people throughout Calderdale.”