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News Archive > General > Newquay´s best given awards

Newquay´s best given awards

By Warren Wilkins 3rd April 2019

Newquay´s best given awards
IN THE HONOURS: Newquay’s community-minded award-winners are pictured with Mayor Andy Hannan at Newquay Town Council’s Annual Town Meet at St Michael’s Church last Wednesday.

COMMUNITY-minded residents and organisations who have made a difference in Newquay were rewarded for their efforts last Wednesday night.

Newquay Town Council staged its Community Awards Scheme presentation evening at St Michael’s Church which recognises those unsung heroes living, working or studying in Newquay, who have helped to put the spirit into the community and improve the quality of life for others.

Friends of Newquay Hospital won the Outstanding Group Award for its fundraising to help provide much-needed equipment at the facility.

Jon Goodman was presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award for helping provide information, raise money, carry out community projects and promote the town through his social media groups.

Mayor Andy Hannan chose Denis and Jan Dent for the Mayor’s Award for the tireless work they have put in for Newquay over the years.

Jan Dent said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive the Mayor’s Award. It was a bit of a shock because we didn’t know it was going to come to us, which was nice. Denis feels a bit upset he cannot do as much as he used to but it was wonderful to have the recognition.”

George Houston, aged nine, from Sheffield, received the Outstanding Young Person Award in recognition for fundraising throughout the year for Newquay RNLI, even though he lives 340 miles away.

George has raised more than £600 in the past two years by hosting a fish supper, a sponsored bike ride, selling a magazine he designed and printed about the RNLI and doing a sponsored swim at his local pool.

Mayor Andy Hannan presented the Community Awards Scheme awards at Newquay Town Council’s Annual General Meeting.

Lynda Cherry, the chairman of Friends of Newquay Hospital, who received the award on behalf of the group, said: “It was lovely to receive the award in recognition of all the hard work the volunteers have put in to raise money for the hospital.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked so hard over the years helping to keep the hospital equipped so well.”

Jon said: “To say I’m honoured to have won the award is an understatement and those that know me and whom I have spoken with will know how much this means to me and why there’s a very proud mum looking down at me right now.”

A spokesman for Newquay RNLI said: “Congratulations from everyone at the station to our super-supporter and future crew, nine-year-old George.

“George and his family visited the lifeboat station the following morning with his well-deserved award to meet a few of his friends on the crew, who thanked him again for his amazing support and enthusiasm, which helps our RNLI volunteers continue to save lives at sea off North Cornwall.”

Mayor Hannan said: “I was so proud to be able to present the awards at this year’s Annual Town Meeting. We had some incredibly strong nominations in all the categories and everyone of them deserved to be the winner.

“The quality of the nominees outlines the fantastic community spirit we have in Newquay and the work that is done by certain individuals and community groups to make our town a better place to live, work and visit.

“My task of choosing a recipient of the Mayor’s Award was a real tough one. There were so many people to consider and I was constantly re-assessing my choice as more and more worthy potential nominees came to mind.

“Eventually I chose Denis and Jan Dent simply for the sheer amount of work and contribution this couple have put into our town over a sustained period.

“Denis was a member of all three councils, Cornwall, Restormel and Newquay at the same time, and Mayor of Newquay on two occasions.

“He has been instrumental in promoting boxing for the youth whilst raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity as a member of Newquay Lions, organising the annual boxing competitions. He has also held the position of president.

“He is also the president of the Newquay Male Voice Choir and chairman of Newquay Band.
“Denis and Jan are a real double act in every sense of the word and Jan has been instrumental in supporting Denis in all that he does, as well as successfully raising the funds to provide the much-needed Hydrotherapy Pool in our town.

“In my opinion they are worthy winners and a great asset to our community.

“I congratulate all who took part and thank the residents who came along to witness the proceedings.

“It’s re-assuring that there are so many people that have a genuine interest in our town and what goes on behind the scenes.

“I would encourage everyone to come along to one of our committee or full council meetings and see how they can further engage and take an active part in shaping the future of our town.”

By Warren Wilkins 3rd April 2019

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