Nominations wanted for ‘Pride’

YOU only have just over a week to submit your Pride in Fenland nomination.

Entries are still down compared to last year and we are keen to get entries in the Group and Young Citizen categories.

Lydia Payne, landlady of The Sportsman in Chatteris, has been put forward as a good neighbour by AC Barker.

She organises many events for Chatteris Town Youth Football and is also on the committee. She has done lots of charity fundraising, including raising more than £1,000 for autism charities and £250 for the Macmillan nurses.

Robert (Bob) Lockerbie, of Wisbech, has also been nominated.

Retired fireman Bob helps many of his neighbours in Gloucester Court, which is why he has been nominated by Virginia and Michael Bucknor.

He is also the local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and assists the police with Speed Watch. His latest responsibility is ensuring that the new security gating around Gloucester Court is locked and opened daily.

The Bucknors said: “He does all this without fuss even though often in pain and disabled himself. A true neighbourhood champion.”

Chatteris resident Christopher Pope has been nominated for his role as chairman of the trustees for the King Edward Centre and its associated charity.

He was put forward by his wife Julie, who said: “Chris worked hard overseeing the refurbishment of the centre, has worked hard to bring the constitution up to date and works with the other trustees to ensure that the centre continues to thrive.”

Chris also has a long history of voluntary work in Chatteris, including a long stint with Rotary and working on the festival committee.

You have just over one week to get in your nomination before the closing date of 5pm on Friday, February 3.

We are looking for winners in three categories:

• Good Neighbour, which this year also includes a volunteer working for a group, club, organisation or charity.

• A group/club/organisation benefiting the community.

• Young Citizen Award for remarkable young people up to the age of 21.

The awards are a chance for you to say ‘thank you’ to people who matter. Young people, good neighbours, groups, clubs and organisations helping the community will be honoured at a special ceremony at the Boathouse in Wisbech on March 20, from 6.30pm.

If you know someone who deserves recognition, tell us about them by using the special nomination form printed here or online at