Best of Broxtowe Borough Awards 2017 winners revealed
Veronica Watson with winner of Pride of the Broxtowe Borough Award 2017 Jill Barnes of of Girl Guiding.
Broxtowe’s best turned out in force to celebrate an evening which highlighted the area’s local heroes and inspirational characters.
The Nottingham Post and Broxtowe Borough Council hosted the best of Broxtowe Borough Awards at the Walled Garden at Beeston Fields on Thursday (June 22).
The event focused on the people who make Broxtowe great.
There were cheers and tears as the winner of each category was announced, most notably by Jill Barnes who won the final award of the evening, The Pride of Broxtowe Borough Award 2017, after she thought she was turning up as a guest.
She said: “I’m having such a good time, it is so nice and I’m just thrilled I was invited, it’s nice to include the oldies along with the young ones.
“I’m here representing the girl guides and this has been a lovely evening.”
Councillor Halimah Khaled MBE and Councillor Richard Jackson from Broxtowe Borough Council revealed that she had won and said: “Our winner has shown unwavering dedication, commitment and passion, supporting literally hundreds of young people to achieve their dreams.
“She has celebrated an incredible 60 years in girl guiding this year, she is one of the truest advocates of girl guiding in the UK and we all agree that her phenomenal contribution deserves to be recognised.”
Other winners from the night included Finley Unwin who is a junior black belt at Team Elite Kickboxing Club and has recently won gold in the under 28kg category at the WAKO national championships in Birmingham.
Greenwood Coffee House won the Food and Drink establishment Award and Jo Saxton, a mum-of-two who has raised thousands of pounds for good causes through running, won the Sports Personality of the Year Award.
The New Business of the Year award was scooped up by dog grooming company, Smarty Paws, who only opened months ago.
She said: “I haven’t even thought about winning but I am so so amazed it is the icing on the cake for me I haven’t been open long only four months so this means so much.”
Derek Burnett, a volunteer community first responder, won the Local Hero Award. He has attended more than 1,500 emergency incidents and provided lifesaving care to patients.
Mr Burnett’s community response manager, Mary Spier, said: “He is a great example of a community hero, who volunteers for the people in his community and can make the difference in their time of greatest need.”
Deciding who would take home to awards was a tough challenge for the panel of judges, which included councillor Halimah Khaled MBE, Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, councillor Graham Harvey, and Matt Batterham the town centre manager.
Nominations for the competition poured in from across the Borough including Beeston, Chilwell, Toton, Awsworth, Kimberley, Bramcote and Stapleford.
Mike Sassi, editor of The Nottingham Post, said he was pleased with the quality and quantity of nominations.
He said: “This is the perfect venue for a perfect summers evening. If we are going to lift the gloom then the communities have to come together.
“Bringing so many people together to celebrate the best of life is very very important.
“It is obvious that people are proud of where they live and there is a real sense of belonging here, the standard of entries was really excellent.
“There are some very special people here with us tonight the young achievers and local heroes, and the great things that they achieve should make you very proud to say that we know them.”
The full list of winners for each category are:
Local Hero – Derek Burnett
Young Achiever – Finley Unwin
Food and Drink establishment Award – Greenhood Coffee House
Sports Personality of the year – Jo Saxton
Local Website of the year Award – The Stapleford Community Group
Enabling the Community – Middle Street Resource Centre
Family Business of the Year – My Fabric Place
Health, Hair and Beauty retailer of the Year – The Beauty Lounge
New Business of the Year – Smarty Paws
Retailer of the Year – Meat 4 U Butchers
Small Business of the Year – Onyx Goldsmiths
Pride of Broxtowe Borough Award – Jill Barnes