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2021 Craven Community Champions Award winners revealed

Check out the amazing Craven Commuinity Champion Award winners of 2021.

Check out the amazing Craven Community Champions Awards 2021 winners. A special prize evening was held at The Coniston Hotel on March 3rd to celebrate the outstanding achievements of local unsung heroes and groups who have gone above and beyond helping their communities. The Awards have been made possible with the kind support of our associate sponsors: Yorkshire Housing, Alexander's Grand Cafe, Terrace and Bar, Keelham Farm Shop, Angus Fire, Smart Solutions Recruitment, Craven Herald, Melvin and Co and The Coniston Hotel Country Estate.

Thanks also to our judges Cllr Alan Sutcliffe, Cllr Dave Ireton, Jon Stokoe and Andy Ryland. 

Craven Community Champions Awards 2021 Winners

VERA WALKER - WINNER OF THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD (sponsored by Yorkshire Housing)

Vera has given her time and expertise to supporting swimming in Settle for almost 48 years. She helped raise funds for the pool to be built and then for its upkeep. Over the years she has taught thousands of people to swim, set up and rang the first swimming club, the Age UK Swimming Group and the Disabled Swimming Group.

CHRIS KEMP, ALL TOGETHER NOW COMMUNITY CHOIR - WINNER OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD (sponsored by Alexander's Bar and Kitchen)

Inspirational Chris Kemp, of the All Together Now Community Choir, scooped the Arts and Culture Award. Chris created ATN IN 2019 to be an all inclusive choir with the community at its heart. He has made an outstanding contribution to the local community through his work with the choir and his charitable trust, despite having to work with the unforeseen challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

PAUL WHITAKER, WILD ABOUT LOTHERSDALE - WINNER OF THE GREENER CRAVEN AWARD (sponsored by Smart Solutions)

The Greener Craven Award was won by Paul Whitaker, of Wild About Lothersdale. Within four years of starting WAL, Paul has galvanised local enthusiasm for wildlife, writing monthly articles, creating wildflower meadows, helping to plant 5,000 trees, securing project funding, idea-swapping with like-minded organisations and organising volunteer events.

IAN MAGEE, GREATWOOD SCHOOL - WINNER OF THE SPORT AND RECREATION AWARD (sponsored by Craven District Council)

Proud winner Mr Magee is the Outdoor Education leader at Greatwood Primary School, providing pupils with skills and activities that they would not get to experience elsewhere. This includes fell walking, rope skills, den building, climbing, geocaching, dry stone walling, map reading, fishing and more.

INGLETON AND DISTRICT COVID-19 VOLUNTEERS - WINNERS OF THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING AWARD (sponsored by Melvin and Co Salon) and BEST COMMUNITY GROUP AWARD (sponsored by Angus Fire)

It was double celebrations for Ingleton and District Covid-19 volunteers who not only scooped the Best Community Group Award but were also crowned winners in the Health and Wellbeing category. From the first lockdown, Ingleborough Community Centre mobilised over 70 volunteers to support local residents who were unable to leave their homes due to being vulnerable. From March 2021, volunteers supported the vaccine clinic run at the Community Centre.

PAULINE WRIGHT - WINNER OF THE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD (sponsored by Keelham Farm Shop)

The Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Pauline Wright, who gives her time to support many local groups and activities. She has set up a community pantry, started groups for young parents, babies and children, decorated the village and sung from her doorstep on VE Day, runs the Welcome Mat friendship group and always finds time to help others.

MATILDA WALDEN - WINNER OF THE YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD (sponsored by The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa)

An inspirational teenager scooped the Young Citizen of the Year Award. Matilda Walden (13) has raised £4,435 for SELFA and raised awareness of the great work that the charity does with vulnerable children by completing a world record for fastest attempt at assembling a Mr Potato Head (5.69 seconds). She gained sponsorship from local businesses which raised SELFA’s profile and generated a lot of community spirit. She also volunteers for Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust.