Group nominations wanted for Pride in Fenland Awards

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THE Pride in Fenland nominations have been flooding in, but we have not received many nominations in the group category.

Do you know a group or organisation that work tirelessly to benefit the community? If so, why not nominate them and show how much they really help people.

St Nicolas' parish church Manea Church Christmas tree festival ''Hilma Sears and Mary Beeston (festival organiser)''contact william evans 01354 688305

St Nicolas' parish church Manea Church Christmas tree festival ''Hilma Sears and Mary Beeston (festival organiser)''contact william evans 01354 688305

One person who has done just that is Karen Harvey, from Atelier East.

She has nominated the Saturday Art Club, who meet at Wisbech Museum, made up of Brandon, Charlie, Beth, Bethanie and Maddie (pictured below).

Karen said in her nomination: “The Saturday Art Club was started to give young people a chance to get their bronze Arts Award. Since then, this group of young people have applied for, and got, funding to run art sessions for other young people.”

John Smith, of Wisbech, has been nominated by Sylvia Rosen, of Wisbech, for his work with the Wisbech Institute.

She said he works enormous hours, “giving unstintingly of his time, energy and skills organised the Friends of the Institute”.

John also does voluntary work for other organisations in the town.

Margaret Moulton, of Wimblington, has been nominated for her work as caretaker and booking clerk for Wimblington Parish Hall.

Susie Spurr, who nominated her, said: “Margaret does far more than she is credited for and is part of the fabric of the village.”

Mary Beeston, of Manea (pictured right), has been nominated by church warden William Evans.

Mr Evans said Mary has played the church organ at St Nicolas’ for 60 years, rarely missing any service, wedding or funeral. She plans and organises church festivals and fundraisers and is always there to help “any in need”.

There is still time to make your nomination in the fifth Pride in Fenland Awards, in conjunction with Fenland Council, before the closing date of February 4.

We are looking for winners in three categories:

• Good Neighbour

• Group/club/organisation benefiting the community.

• An individual working for a group/club/organisation.

A panel of judges will consider the nominations and awards carry a prize of £100 for each category winner and commemorative certificate.

To help with your nomination you may want to consider the following.

Good Neighbour award: This is open to anyone who gives up their time to help someone - possibly a friend, neighbour or elderly person - perhaps on voluntary basis. They might help with shopping, do jobs around the home or garden, take someone out who would otherwise be housebound, or just visit regularly for a chat.

Group/club/organisation: Open to any group of people who give up their time to benefit the community voluntarily. They may work with young people the elderly, or carry out environmental work for example. The group can comprise any number of people but it must be able to prove it has improved a section of the community or group of residents in some way other than simply operating as a club. There are many excellent clubs and groups around Fenland but we want to honour that special group which stands out from the crowd.

Individual working for a group/club/organisation: Open to someone working for or with a group in any capacity voluntary who devotes time and effort to that group beyond the call of duty. They may coach young people in sport, run a youth club or organise social events for citizens-but do more then their job entails. The person we are looking for will stand out head and shoulders above the others.

Using the form provided, tell us in no more than 100 words, why you have made your nomination. Include your name, address and telephone number and the same details for the person you are nominating.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday February 4. Send them as soon as possible to the Fenland Citizen at either 11 Union Street, Wisbech, or Market Place, March.

This year you can also make your nominations online by going on to our website: and following the link at the top of the homepage.