Unsung heroes of Ilfracombe
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Town honours those who go the extra mile at town council’s community awards.
HARD-WORKING community heroes have been recognised for their achievements at the latest Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.
At a packed Ilfracombe Centre on Wednesday, the Mayor, Councillor Lynda Courtnadge, announced 10 winners of the town council’s quarterly accolades following nominations from the public.
The categories ranged from length of service to youth work, acts of kindness, helping the environment and a variety of services to the community and neighbourhood.
“It is a privilege and a pleasure to promote the very best of our community and to publicly thank them for their contribution, that helps to make Ilfracombe such a special place to live,” Mrs Courtnadge said after the ceremony.
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Jenna King, who volunteers for the admin team at My Start Children’s Centre, received a record nine nominations for the voluntary work category. Her citation read: “She helps out nearly every day and is always cheerful, reliable and helpful. She is disabled but her disabilities don’t stop her putting in 110 per cent at the centre. She is highly valued by all the staff.”
Jenna said it was amazing to be presented with the award: “It was a really lovely surprise to be nominated. I love it at the centre, no day is ever the same and there is always a variety of things going on.”
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Carol Turner, North Devon Theatres education officer and Jenny Coates, the Pathfield School music teacher, both received youth awards.
Mrs Courtnadge said Jenny ‘brought out the joy of achievement in the children she teaches’ while Carol went ‘above and beyond’ in her work with Make the Move and young people at the theatres.
Being on the streets until 4am might not seem like award material, but it is for Mike and Yvonne Norris. They set up the Ilfracombe Street Pastors scheme, which now has 24 people who patrol at night to offer help or support to any who need it. They are backed up by Prayer pastors. A School Pastor scheme has been set up at Ilfracombe Arts College.
Debbie Barrow-Rigler, Vanessa Archer and Gary Tovey were all honoured for their work with Bicclescombe Park Improvement Group, which includes the volunteer-run tea rooms, organising events and improving the play area.
Louise Coad’s act of kindness award was for ‘always putting herself out for the sake of others’. She regularly ferries elderly friends to and from the library, as well as medical appointments and shopping trips.
‘Queen Victoria’ Rita Clews has dedicated 25 years to Victorian week, helping out not only during the event, but representing the town all over the country.
Unable to attend, Mr and Mrs Shaw were awarded with the helping the environment category for their work refurbishing and renovating the outside of 28, High Street.