First ever community awards celebrate local stars

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SHINING lights who help improve their community were recognised at a special awards night last week.

Daventry and District Housing’s (DDH) first ever Star Awards were given out at the iCon Centre in a special ceremony hosted by world champion amateur triathlete Stacey Penn.

The Don Bouckley Young Person of The Year award went to Jordan Shingler, a dedicated young sportsman widely involved with coaching and refereeing in the area.

The Evelyn Bristow Volunteer of the Year was Dennis Clayton. Mr Clayton is a full-time volunteer for DACT, driving, maintaining, and cleaning minibuses plus representing the organisation at open days.

Bernard and Thelma Constable won the Good Neighbour of The Year award.

The pair are both retired but dedicate hours each day helping their neighbours in a variety of ways, from a daily phone call to doing their shopping.

DACT won the Community Project of The Year award. The organisation provides community transport in the form of minibuses and a volunteer taxi service, plus it runs Daventry’s ShopMobility scheme.

Environmental Project of the Year went to the Drayton Residents Association. They have worked through the year to improve the look of their area of Daventry, including renovating their village green for the Jubilee.

The association has already had its work on the green recognised this year by the East Midlands In Bloom judges.

DDH Tenant of the Year was David Marriott, a dedicated member of DDH tenants’ groups.

In addition to the Star Awards all the DDH Youth Board members received vouchers for their involvement in 2012.

For gaining the most points during the year for his involvement with the board, the DDH Youth Board Outstanding Contribution Award went to Connor Wilson.

Sarah Sims, community development officer at DDH, said: “We were overwhelmed by the high standard of all the nominations which shows the quality of the individuals who volunteer.

“The Star Awards are about recognising and celebrating the tremendous amount of time and energy volunteers give to benefit the local communities within the Daventry district.”

The nominations were judged by a panel including representatives from the Daventry Express, Cummins, Daventry Volunteer Centre, Lovell, Daventry District Council, and DDH.

For profiles on each of the winners see this week’s Daventry Express.