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Community contributions recognised at annual Mayor’s Awards

Unsung heroes from across the Winchester district have been recognised during a popular annual awards ceremony.  

Hundreds of people gathered in the city’s historic Guildhall on Thursday 7 March for this year’s Mayor of Winchester’s Community Awards. Just over 100 award certificates were presented.  

Among those recognised were: Micheldever Community Lunch Club; Blue Apple Theatre; 1st Wickham Scout Group; 1st Bishop’s Waltham Scout leaders; Whiteley Wanderers football team; Winchester Bereavement Support; South Wonston Sustainability; Bishop’s Waltham on-call firefighters Adrian, Andrew and Brian; Winchester District Citizen’s Advice; Yannis and Gary from Idverde; Sarah Lewin from Key Changes music therapy; Winchester Beacon volunteers; and Tamsyn Warde, who works with Trinity Winchester.    

Szilard Csaki, a local Stagecoach bus driver, was nominated for his consistently cheerful and friendly manner. His nomination read: “There are many community heroes that make life that little bit better for so many in the community with the small kindnesses that they perform day in, day out”.

Miranda Rocksmith was nominated for her work on the Tinathon fundraising campaign in memory of local marathon runner Tina Jury, who lost her life to cancer.

Miranda said: “I was proud to attend this joyous event and receive a Mayor of Winchester Community Award on behalf of all those who have helped organise and participate in Tinathon. We have raised a staggering £50,000 for Winchester Hospice and Wessex Cancer Support over the last five years in honour of a great friend.”

The Mayor of Winchester Cllr Angela Clear said: “It was my very great pleasure to meet many unsung heroes and organisations from our district at this year’s Mayor of Winchester’s Community Awards, and I was so impressed by their efforts and hard work in their local communities.  

“I send my congratulations to all of those who were nominated. Thank you for making such a positive difference to other people’s lives in Winchester.”   

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