A teenage boxing champion, a community pub and the organisers of a talking newspaper were among the nine winners of the St Albans Mayor’s Pride Awards 2019.
They were presented with their trophies at a ceremony at St Michael’s Manor, Fishpool Street, on March 12.
The annual awards celebrate the achievements of inspiring individuals, hard-working community groups and public-spirited businesses. Nominations come from the public with the winners decided by a judging panel.
Among this year’s winners were Anthony Agar, 17, who was declared Young Person of Distinction for turning his life around through his commitment to boxing.
The Hare and Hounds pub was recognised as the Community Oriented Business of the Year for its charity work.
While St Albans and District Talking Newspaper was presented with the Mayor’s Special Award for the help it has given to visually-impaired people.
Councillor Rosemary Farmer, the Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “These awards give much-deserved recognition to the unsung heroes of our local community.
“I was hugely impressed to hear of the selfless work, dedication and commitment shown by this year’s wonderful winners as well as the other nominees.
“We received over 80 nominations from the public and it was hard to choose a winner in each category from so many deserving causes. They can all take a bow for contributing so much to our local community.”
The other award winners were:
Community Champion of the Year – Stuart New, who has been an active member of local branches of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and the Royal British Legion for over three decades.
Cultural Innovation Award – Clare Suttie, who organises the Polar Bear Plunge – a charity fund-raiser that sees people dive into a freezing pool on New Year’s Day.
Environmental Champion of the Year – Incredible Edible Community Gardens. Foodsmiles have set up two gardens in central St Albans with the aim teaching local people gardening skills.
Voluntary Sector Award – Soroptimist International, St Albans and District – a local women’s group that has serving the community since 1957.
Inclusive Communities Award – Gordon Baisley, Victoria Playing Fields Football Club. He runs an inclusive youth football club that any child regardless of ability can attend.
Community Project of the Year – ‘Box Cleva,’ St Albans ABC. They delivered socially inclusive boxing sessions for 7-15 year olds with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour.
Photo courtesy of Tia Fields