Our Peninsula Stars 

List of Babergh winners and finalists:

Community Champion of the Year Award – Babergh

Winner: Norman Bugg, community volunteer

Finalist: Janet Dicks, Hollywood, Ansell Centre Hadleigh

Business in the Community Award - Babergh

Winner: Manish Patel, Shotley Stores

Winner: Mukunthan Thurairajah (Muku)

Community Spirit of the Year Award - Babergh

Winner: Joes Golf & Activity Park

Finalist: Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbour Scheme

Business Growth Award - Babergh

Winner: Suffolk Market Events

Finalist: Hollingsworths Store & Butchers, Chelmondiston

Finalist: Stour Sort & Sparkle

Community Group of the Year Award - Babergh

Winner: Stutton Community Shop CIC

Finalist: Ansell Memories Café

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Emotional Night For Suffolk Stars

Friday, November 9, 08.00

There was not a dry eye at Trinity Park as four of the peninsula's finest were honoured at the Stars of Suffolk last night. 

Six-year-old Preston Parker, Jane Gould, Alan Nunn and Shotley Open Spaces were all runners up as all the finalists were presented with prizes.

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne presented Preston with a Blues kit, with Parker 7 on the back of the shirt, and tickets for all the family to go and watch Paul Lambert's side play against Wigan, along with his trophy.

 Preston was nominated as Young Person of The Year for voluntarily litter picking down at Shotley Gate, and leading the parish's Beach Clean.

He was pipped by Daniel Jillings, who is profoundly deaf, and has successfully battled to introduce a British Sign Language GCSE.

Jane, Alan and SOS, were all given a bottle of Prosecco, to go with their especially inscribed individual trophies.

Jane was shortlisted in the Community Champion category after being  nominated by Cllr Derek Davis, who collected Jane's award on her behalf as she was singing in her community choir and did not want to let anyone down.

Jane was shortlisted for being a compassionate and indispensable member of the Shotley Peninsula community.

She has raised thousands for St Michael’s Church in Woolverstone with her innovative ideas. The Monthly Market has become a must visit, with a fabulous friendly atmosphere.

Jane also introduced the Death café, an incredible initiative allowing people to talk openly about a very difficult subject. Jane has organised art exhibitions, including a unique sculpture display.

Number one spot went to Sue Willgoss, who has fought to bring about change for those with special education needs, disability and mental health difficulties.

SOS and Alan Nunn were in the Keeping Suffolk Special category and came behind David Goodlad, who is ‘community personified’ in the village of Rattlesden.

SOS was chosen for its volunteers' working tirelessly to keep a numbers of walking trails, tracks and pathways used by young mums with buggies, disabled vehicles and others, clear by cutting back brambles and other overgrowth. SOS also established the first accredited Walkers Are Welcome area in Suffolk, and have helped other groups to do so in their village. They raise funds through an annual calendar highlighting other community ventures.

Alan has been running the Chelmondiston Recycling Centre for a number of years, totally free of charge. He dedicates all his Saturday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Wednesday mornings in an effort to keep the facility open, since its closure by the local authority. Alan sorts through all the waste, recycles as much of it as possible and keeps costs very low. 

The Overall Stars of Suffolk winners, organised by Parker Communications, in conjunction with the EADT, were the staff at Barking Pre-School who saved the life of three-year-old Annabel Brightwell, who collapsed suddenly while dancing after suffering a cardiac arrest.

 Pre-school team members Shelley Symonds, Ness Hall, Zoe Corbett, Lucy Glendinning and Elsah Thorpe showed no hesitation, performing CPR on the youngster for 20 minutes until paramedics arrived. Annabel was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and placed in an induced coma, spending six days in intensive care.

She was later diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition, which had been unknown to her parents.She is now on medication, but aside from that is living the life of a normal three-year-old. Annabel’s mum Rebecca said the pre-school’s quick actions undoubtedly saved Annabel’s life. Shelley, in particular, was praised for her rapid response.

Annabel went on stage in a tear-jerking moment to personally thank her heroines, on what was her fourth birthday,

Peninsula Stars Scoop Community Awards

Friday, October 19, 07.00

Volunteers and community minded business people from the Shotley peninsula enjoyed success at the Stars of Babergh awards
 night at St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh.

Manish Patel won the Business in the Community award for his family store’s involvement in so many local events.

Mr and Mrs Patel hosted an Indian themed evening with great food with all the money raised going towards the refurbishment of the car park

Every year they donate selection boxes to the pupils at Shotley school and are constant givers of raffle prizes.

Norman Bugg was named the district's Community Champion, after the work he does with a wide range of groups, including the Over-60s club, St  Mary’s Church, the Village Hall Committee, a long term stalwart of Shotley who is known and admired by many.

Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbours' Scheme , that has been even more important to isolated people since the 98 bus service was drastically cut. They look after people and ensure they get to appointments at either surgery, and Ipswich hospital and were runners up after being shortlisted in the Community Spirit category,

Stutton Community Shop, nominated by Alastair McCraw were honoured with the Community Group of the Year award.

Carly and James Welham  of Hollingsworth’s Store & Butchers in Chelmondiston were shortlisted finalist in the Business Growth section, after successfully re-oping the shop.

Derek Davis, Babergh District Councillor, who nominations included all three Shotley finalists was delighted at the success of all the peninsula groups and individuals.

 Cllr Davis said: “It is a great night for the Shotley Peninsula at the Stars of Babergh District Council awards night at the beautiful Hadleigh church.

“It was humbling to hear the stories of so many wonderful people doing fabulous things for their community.

“Norman, Manish and the Good Neighbours epitomise everything that is good about living in this fantastic village.”

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Stephen Foster compered the evening, which flowed very smoothly.

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