I’m proud and delighted that no fewer than four people from my ward of South Cosford – one from Kersey, and three from Whatfield – have been nominated and selected as winners of Babergh’s Community Achievement Awards.
They are Linda Newbigging from Williams Green, Kersey, Helen Landon from Whatfield and Ray and Liz Parker from Whatfield.
Linda was nominated and won for her involvement in a host of village activities including Kersey Church Council, a local toddler group, the community playground and helping a neighbour who had suffered injuries in an accident.
Helen won an award for her work delivering Whatfield’s playground and the village’s award of Suffolk village of the year.
Ray and Liz won for their tireless work running the successful village bar every Friday in Whatfield village hall for eight years. I have myself had a drink at the village bar and can thoroughly recommend it as a great way to meet the neighbours for anyone from Whatfield who hasn’t yet visited.
Here are the full citations, taken from Babergh’s press release:
Linda has been active in Kersey for many years. She has served on Kersey Parochial Church Council for over 10 years, helped to establish and run the local toddler group for 12 years and also been a member of the Kersey Community Playground Committee for 17 years.
She is also a school governor and has been a volunteer school helper for 10 years.
Linda has been instrumental and supportive of everything that happens in Kersey, from helping with the Queens Diamond and Golden celebrations and also finding time to be involved with the parish plan in 2006.
Linda is also one of the first people to offer support to individuals within the village who may be in need, Linda supported a local resident on a daily basis for over a year and a half who had suffered injuries following a car accident.
People like Linda are what make living in a village so special.
Nominated by: Ian Fidell
Helen, a new member of the Whatfield Parish Council, volunteered to take the lead role to provide a new playground for the village. Helen worked tirelessly to secure £46,000 of funding from Suffolk County Council, Biffa, Britvic and Babergh District Council.
During the project, Helen also worked with parents, grandparents and villagers to assist with a fun day to help raise funds and awareness of the playground project. Helen also helped with fundraising when she was sponsored to carry the Olympic torch through Aldeburgh in 2012.
Helen brought all sections of the community together, keeping the project on track through to its delivery in the summer of 2012. It has become a popular attraction for children of all ages in Whatfield.
Helen showed the same level of drive and commitment by organising Whatfields’ submission for the 2014 Suffolk Village of the Year competition. Whatfield won the Babergh District award and then went on to win the county section too.
Nominated by: Paul MacKenzie
Ray and Liz have tirelessly run the 5th Horseshoe bar in the Whatfield Village Hall every Friday night
for the last eight years. The bar provides the community with a meeting place to gather after the
local pub, the Four Horseshoes, closed in 1999.
Without their planning and management of the nights, the community would be much less vibrant.
There does not seem to be a major village event that Liz and Ray are not a part of. Furthermore, Liz
can always be found in the kitchen cooking the Christmas meals for the school and over 60’s parties,
as well as running a village oil syndicate, managing the George Scott Charity and recently becoming a
Ray and Liz as a team make a magnificent and significant contribution to the life of Whatfield village.
Their activities have greatly contributed to raising funds for the village hall refurbishment and
upkeep, community projects and also for the Church.
Nominated by: Paul MacKenzie