Rewarding excellence

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THE achievements of those who have sacrificed themselves for the good of the community have been rewarded.

Derbyshire County Council hosted its annual Excellence in the Community Awards in Buxton to honour individuals, groups and charities that make a difference to the lives of others.

Those honoured included was Leonard Twigg, of Bakewell, who has been doing voluntary work for more than 60 years for organisations such as the Baslow and Bubnell branch of the Royal British Legion, the Youth Club for Baslow and the Scouts. John Wardle, of Ashover, who among his achievements has been a director of North Derbyshire Voluntary Action and started a Shopperbus scheme in Ashover, was also named alongside Chris Whittall, of Wirksworth, who was recognised for his work with the Wirksworth Colts.

Lynne Pheasey, of Bakewell, was rewarded for her work with the Bakewell Brownies and Bakewell Carnival and Wessington Green Local Nature Reserve Management Committee was recognised for looking after its village green since it was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2004.

The awards recognised achievements in six categories – fund-raising, community volunteering, protecting the environment, making Derbyshire a safer place, improving and promoting Derbyshire through success and improving community spirit.

Cllr Andrew Lewer, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Every day volunteers go the extra mile to make the Big Society work and we are very fortunate to have volunteers who raise money, look after our environment, and help others.”

“We hope highlighting successful individuals and projects will inspire other people to get involved and play a positive role.”

Winners received certificates and glass trophies for their efforts.