A dedicated group of residents in Barnstaple has been nominated for an award for its community work.   FRANKMARSH and Gorwell Street Champions in Barnstaple, a group which was formed in 2008, has been awarded a Community Support Award by Devon and Cornwal

A dedicated group of residents in Barnstaple has been nominated for an award for its community work.

FRANKMARSH and Gorwell Street Champions in Barnstaple, a group which was formed in 2008, has been awarded a Community Support Award by Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Awards (DaCCWA).

The Street Champions were nominated for the award by neighbourhood beat manager PC Anna Fielding who has recognised the 'massive difference they have made to their community'.

There are 11 Street Champions in Frankmarsh and Gorwell: Lesley Brown, Christine Brennan, Sally Adams, Roger Huxtable, Trisha Vaughan, Sonia Brent, Maria Cook, Debbie Shaddick, Juliet Hill, Laura Scott and Karen Kernaghan.

"These people get to know their neighbours and introduce themselves to new residents in their area," said PC Fielding.

"They are the point of contact for their street, to report problems and concerns to various agencies, such as the police, to ensure that the complaints are being looked into. This means the community can take action themselves.

"They also get involved in action days, fun days and various community events throughout the year. They encourage others to take a pride in the area where they live."

Examples of their work include a community dog day, action days, community fun days, family picnics, barbecues, sports days and rubbish pick-ups.

The award will be presented in a special ceremony on November 24 at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Roadford Reservoir, near Okehampton.