The 2017 Morpeth Civic Awards were presented at The Annual Assembly on Wednesday 19th April in Morpeth Town Hall.
The Award Winners are:
Jacky was nominated for an award in recognition of her continued involvement with the Chamber of Trade (COT). Following her move to Morpeth from Oxfordshire in 2013, Jacky joined the COT and was elected Deputy Vice Chair in April 2014, becoming Vice Chair in April 2015 and taking over as Chair in April 2016. Although she has now stood down as Chair she will continue to be an active member of the COT.
Jacky oversaw the relaunch of the COT website, modernised the COT finances and brought new faces on to the COT committee as well as refreshing the longstanding Fair Day. Jacky has reformed the COT partnership working which included working closely with Medi Parry of Sanderson Arcade to successfully convert the old Sanderson Arcade business awards in to the Heart of Morpeth Business Awards, which has strengthened the COT commitment to supporting businesses.
Most recently, Jacky has enabled effective partnership working between COT, the Town Council, Sanderson Arcade and residents groups to build a town wide coalition against proposals for the County Hall site.
Morpeth Lions Club
Morpeth Lions Club was established in 1972 and has been active in our community for 45 years. The profile of the club has always been high but it increased further following the Morpeth Floods in 2008. Their work following the flood partly led to the Club being nominated for, and being awarded, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The club currently has 30 members and each year organise a series of events in order to generate funds that enables the club to make donations to help individuals and organisations. Events include raffles, street collections, food tasting, bag packing, swimming events, Fair Day, casino night and a Chinese banquet. The funds raised by these events provide financial support to over 50 organisations. All funds raised go to answer the needs of the local community, charitable organisations and individuals.
Every November the club host a party with live entertainment for 130 elderly and disabled residents of Morpeth. Christmas toys and gifts were bought, collected and wrapped to provide presents, via Social Services for 63 disadvantaged children from 26 families in crisis. The Morrisons Christmas collection resulted in a donation of £1000 to the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank. In addition to this the Lions regularly help other charities with their street collections in Morpeth, including the Gathering Committee, Contact Mental Health, Red Cross and Marie Curie.
Lions Club members voluntarily give their time, often in inclement weather, to raise funds and stage events in and for our town.
Lilian and her husband Gerry moved to Morpeth in 2006. They became involved in the various local projects of Morpeth Lions. They were one of the families who were flooded in 2008 but were active in the post flood relief work, helping other families and the town itself get back to normal. It was at this point Lilian became a member of the Red Cross. Lilian brought the Red Cross initiative ‘International Day of the Disappeared’ to the attention of the community and members of the Town Council. A commemoration of that day took place on 30th August 2016 in the peace garden of St Roberts Church.
Lilian is the Chairman of Morpeth and Wansbeck Link of the Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline. The lifeline was set up in 1992 to help children affected by the nuclear disaster in 1986. Lilian went to the area to help, but the problems were too immense to deal with immediately so local people were brought to England and trained before returning to Belarus to train others. For the past few years a group of 10 children from Belarus have come to Morpeth each June and Lilian was enthusiastic in seeking the involvement of local people and businesses in our area.
Lilian and her son are active volunteers with the British Heart Foundation. Lilian has also recently become involved with ‘Knit and Natter’, a befriending and support group based at St Georges Church.
Wansbeck Valley Food Bank
The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank was established just a few years ago but has rapidly become an essential part of Morpeth’s infrastructure, supporting an ever increasing number of people who need help to obtain basic food supplies.
Initially operating just one day a week, they now operate five days a week and in 2016 dispensed food valued at £62,000. From small beginnings it is now a big operation, which in itself demands administrative and management skills, which are all done voluntarily. Wandbeck Valley Food Bank owes a great deal to Sean and Linda Fugill in particular, both of whom have devoted many hours to making the operation efficient and effective.