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2019 Craven Community Champions Awards Winners

Check out the amazing Craven Community Champions Awards 2019 winners and runners up!

A special prize evening was held at The Coniston Hotel on February 14, 2020, to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Craven's communities. The awards ceremony paid accolade to some amazing people who work hard to help make Craven special. The Awards have been made possible with the kind support of our associate sponsors, Holt Doctors, and our award sponsors, The Coniston Hotel, Broughton Hall, Smart Solutions, Yorkshire Housing, Keelham Farm Shop, Angus Fire, Alexander's and Melvin & Co.

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Craven Community Champions Awards 2019 Winners

Associate Sponsors: Holt Doctors

PAT WARDMAN - WINNER OF THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD (Sponsored by Yorkshire Housing)

The Citizen of the Year Award is an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Craven during the past year. 

Pat has volunteered for Age UK North Craven for 30 years. At the age of 90, she is an excellent ambassador for older people and helps alter perceptions of what is possible in older age. Keen to show the positives of keeping fit, she also set up a local swimming session for older people.

SETTLE AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY - WINNER OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD (Sponsored by Alexander's)

The Society has been running for 140 years, promoting drama and musical theatre in the community and establishing a youth group to give young people the opportunity to perform in front of audiences and develop their interest in arts and music.

Runner-up: Jess Mahler

Runner-up: Upper Wharfedale Arts & Literary Society

CRAVEN CREW - WINNER OF GREENER CRAVEN AWARD (Sponsored by Smart Solutions)

This group of 6 volunteers have given their time to promote and teach about the benefits of reducing food waste, home composting and recycling for over 6 years. In that time they have spoken with over 4000 children and 7000 adults in Craven about waste prevention.

Runner-up: The Langcliffe Beekeepers

Runner-up: Plastic Free Skipton

SUTTON JUNIORS - WINNER OF SPORT AND RECREATION AWARD (Sponsored by Melvin & Co, Skipton)

Since 1998 the Club has grown from a single team club to the largest Charter Standard Football club in Craven with over 250 players in 20 teams across a range of ages. The club recently secured a new high-quality, permanent football venue at Malsis Hall.

Runner-up: Ji Mukherjee

Runner-up: Craven Gymnastics Club

NEVILLE'S KITCHEN - WINNER OF THE HEALTH & WELLBEING AWARD (Sponsored by Broughton Hall)

Run by volunteers in the Yorkshire Housing Community Hall in Gargrave, Neville’s Kitchen provides three-course cooked midday meals on site and also to nearby housebound elderly residents. After lunch there are activities and games with over 30 people regularly attending.

Runner-up: Skipton Wellbeing Cafe

Runner-up: Selfa Mindful

FRIENDS OF AIREVILLE PARK - WINNER OF BEST COMMUNITY GROUP (Sponsored by Keelham Farm Shop)

FoAP are local people who have come together to improve their local park and create opportunities for everyone to enjoy it. This includes raising funds for new facilities and organising & hosting community events. In 2019, a wonderful new children’s play area was opened.

Runner-up: Skipton Food Bank

Runner-up: Skipton Rotary Clubs

PAT WARDMAN - WINNER OF VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Sponsored by Angus Fire)

Pat has volunteered for Age UK North Craven for 30 years. At the age of 90, she is an excellent ambassador for older people and helps alter perceptions of what is possible in older age. Keen to show the positives of keeping fit, she also set up a local swimming session for older people.

Runner-up: Gerald Townson

Runner-up: Peter Hargreaves

JAMES SABIN - WINNER OF THE YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD (Sponsored by The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate and Spa)

James lost his older brother to an accidental drug overdose in 2013 and now works to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs. He has raised over £1,100 for the charity Drugfam, which supports families with a loved one in addiction or bereaved by drugs.

Runner-up: Lily Davison

Runner-up: Joe Howard

Runner-up: Torin Zieboll

Thank you to our award judges who had the difficult task of choosing the shortlist and winners from so many worthy nominations.

Councillor Paul Whitaker - Chairman, Craven District Council

Councillor David Ireton - Craven District Council Lead Member for Resilient Communities

Vivien Mason - Craven Herald

Kevin Williams - Craven College

Mark Hopley - Community First Yorkshire