Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

South Norfolk's Community Champions recognised

Written by  Jonathan Pyle
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South Norfolk's Community Champions recognised

On Thursday night over 200 people joined in a special evening, at Dunston Hall Hotel, celebrating local volunteers at the South Norfolk Community Awards. 

BBC presenters Louise Priest and Nick Conrad hosted the evening and Kate Barmby from series seven of the Great British Bake Off was a guest speaker. 

Council Chairman Garry Wheatley expressed pride in all those who were nominated, he said: "We received exceptional nominations, making the short listing process very difficult. Everyone who was nominated should be incredibly proud of the positive difference they have made to their communities.” 

“It is fantastic that we have so many inspirational people in the district who are willing to give up their time to help others. With so much community spirit, it’s no surprise that South Norfolk has been named as one of the best places to live in the country.”

Volunteers in South Norfolk make a real difference to people’s lives, they spend countless hours helping others, raising money for charity, organising events, running clubs and community facilities. 

Everyone has the potential to volunteer and everyone has something to offer their community. 

Eight awards were given out during the evening:

Volunteer of the Year:  
Won by Rosemary Lee-Bliss from Costessey.

Young Volunteer of the Year:
Won by Keiran Blundell from Queens Hills.

Community Group of the Year:
Won by River Waveney Trust, based in Earsham.

Community Fundraiser of the Year:
Won by Samantha Johnson from Dickleburgh.

Business Community Champion of the Year:
Won by Bailey’s Fish and Chip shop in Diss.

Community Wellbeing Champion or Group of the Year:
Won by Norfolk Knights Wheelchair Rugby, based in Starston.

Environmental Champion of the Year:
Won by Chris Brooks from Scole.

Lifetime Community Hero:
Won by Bob Shields from Diss.

For more information about the awards, or to find out how you can volunteer, visit

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 January 2019 19:46

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