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Craven Community Champion Awards return after two years

The winners of the 2019 Community Champions Awards James Sabin and Pat Wardman. Pat sadly died a few days after the ceremony. (Photo credit: Stephen Garnett)

Local heroes from across the Craven District will be celebrated at an event on Thursday night this week (3rd March).

The Community Champions Awards are back after an absence of two years because of Covid, with winners due to be announced at The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa near Gargrave.

It could be the final year that the event takes place too - because Craven District Council will cease to exist when it's replaced next year by a new North Yorkshire-wide unitary authority.

The awards will be presented across seven categories - Arts and Culture, Greener Craven, Sport and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing, Best Community Group, Volunteer of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

Dozens of inspiring and heart-warming nominations were submitted and the shortlisted nominees have been invited to the award ceremony on Thursday, where the winner for each category will be announced.

Craven District Council’s chief executive Paul Shevlin, said: “We are delighted and proud to organise these awards, which highlight the incredible work being done by dedicated individuals and groups within our communities.

“We would like to thank our kind associate sponsors Yorkshire Housing, Alexander’s Grand Café, Terrace and Bar, Keelham Farm Shop, Angus Fire, Smart Solutions Recruitment, Craven Herald, Melvin and Co, Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa and, of course, our judges who had the difficult task of choosing the winners from so many worthy nominations.

“We are really looking forward to seeing everyone and each winner is truly deserving of recognition for their achievements.”

In addition to announcing the winners of the seven main categories at the Awards ceremony, a further award will be made to Citizen of the Year Award - recognising an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Craven during the past year. The winner of the Citizen of the Year is selected from the entries of all the other categories by the judges.


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