We have had an amazing response to the Our Heroes awards this year with almost a hundred nominations across the three categories.
Our judging panel have studied the nominations and have agreed on a shortlist.
The awards ceremony will be held on 24 October 2018 where we will find out the winners.
The judging panel is made up of our Chief Executive Greg Bacon, Sheila Bibb, and one of our Board members Kath Smart.
Dale View – Market Rasen
A group entry as the tenants have worked to make the area outside of their flats a little nicer to look at. The area has a fantastic flower patch which was created by tenants and is kept vibrant through their hard work. The addition of the patch, hanging baskets and flowers outside the homes has certainly brought more colour and happiness to the area.
Mr Middleton - Caistor
A fantastic garden with an amazing amount of effort put into the upkeep. This entrant has built their own flower display boxes in different shapes and has some fantastic hanging baskets that make the garden look vibrant and alive. This garden is formed in a relatively small space which the entrant has used to its full potential.
Mrs Barsley - The Park
This garden makes the most of smaller outdoor space and is a fantastic example of creating a little piece of paradise in a small garden. Often small gardens can look cluttered and untidy, but this entrant spends a lot of time in making their garden look full but neat and colourful.
Mrs Taylor – Pleasley
This entrant as worked on improving her garden over the past few years and has created a little piece of paradise. The garden has two small ponds and some garden ornaments which help add the character to the area.
Gainsborough Well Woman Group
Gainsborough Well Woman group are changing the lives of people in their
community. They are helping people to lose weight, be healthier, have fun
together and share their problems. The group tackle mental health issues, reduce isolation and are raising money for children with cancer. The group’s work is spreading through whole families, to young and old alike.
Neil Haddock - Bardney
Neil has only relatively recently moved into his village and yet he spends his days working as a handyman for anyone in the community. If people cannot afford to have jobs done, Neil is on hand to help out. He does a lot for senior citizens in the local area.
He became a trustee for Bardney Gateway Centre (community centre) and has done an enormous amount of work for that role including looking after grounds maintenance.
Betty Smart - Welton
Betty is a tenant in one of our sheltered accommodation schemes and she goes above and beyond to look after other residents in the scheme. She is popular with both tenants of Park House and our contact centre who liaise with her on a regular basis. Betty often goes out of her way to make sure repairs can be done by helping engineers into buildings or helping tenants if they are having trouble making an appointment with an engineer and is always happy to help.
Jane Wilson - Woodthorpe
Jane has been the chair person for the Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) in Woodthorpe in the past and also helps organise community events on a regular basis. She is often a spokesperson for residents that have issues with our services or just want help to assist with a query they may have.
In addition, Jane also has a lunchtime club on a Thursday at Ulley Crescent and does the cooking for people in the community. She is someone that you can depend upon to get the job done and is a great asset to Woodthorpe.
Jake Farrow - Gainsborough
Jake is just about to turn 18 and has had uncontrolled epilepsy since he was just five years old. He has regular seizures and has gone through many surgeries and medications of over the years.
Despite injuring himself many times through these seizures, Jake has never once complained and is one of the happiest people his friends and family know. He is a very kind and well-mannered young man who never lets anything get him down.
Murray and Evan Chapman – Market Rasen
Following a visit to London where Murray was struck by the amount of homeless people, Murray (then aged just six) started a collection of shoebox Christmas treats to give via the Nomad Trust to those living on the streets in London during Christmas. His brother Evan is also now heavily involved. They have done this year on year now and it has become a recognised activity with the local community with many people donating shoebox gifts at Christmas.
Bardney Youth Football Club
This group have been fundraising to be able to apply for grants to resurface their five-a-side pitch.
The pitch is an old tarmac surface and badly needs replacing to bring it up to
present day standards. They would like to replace it with a new multi-use surface, capable of being used for other sports as well as football. This pitch will be a valuable asset, not just to the youth club but to the whole village.
The group have been fundraising since August 2016 and have shown tenacity, organising coffee mornings, Easter Egg hunts, a Halloween ghost walk and American breakfasts. So far, they have raised in excess of £2,800. These young people are aged between 16 and 18 years. They are a credit to the young people of the village.
The children of St George’s Primary School
The boys and girls of St George’s’ school have been amazingly inclusive to and don’t discriminate against any child no matter what their background. They organise fundraising for different causes including illnesses and run events and make sure everyone is included at all times in school events.