Different councillors presented each award with Dave Cockcroft, chair of the council’s Recreation and Finance Committee also launching our Annual Report.
Mayor Andy Read commented: "One thing that has always made Stroud a special place is the huge number of people who are willing to give up their time to help others. It’s great to celebrate this and recognise some of Stroud’s unsung heroes."
For the first time this year our Community Award was supported by the StroudLife newspaper with the extra title of "Stroudie of the Year". Editor Jason Chare presented the award to Elizabeth Sargeant (above) who has tended more than a dozen small greenspaces around the town, including St Laurence Churchyard for a many years.
In collecting the award, along with a special prize hamper from Clare Gerbrands and the Made in Stroud shop, Elizabeth said that as a pedestrian she places great importance in having nice things to look at as she walks around the town. She has also been involved with numerous other organisations including Stratford Park Management Group, Cowle Museum and the Local History tours for the Local History Society.
Also nominated were Graham Furley, for his charity work and Aian for his friendly presence selling papers in the High Street.
The other awards were as follows:
Trader of the Year – Master Cobblers, Merrywalks (pictured below). The cutomer who nominated the shop said: "Staff are always helpful and pleasant and provide a quick and professional service. They will also try to help out in an emergency."
Also nominated were: Terence Noble of Noble Stores, Daniels Road; Rhodda Thomas of The Crown and Sceptre, Horns Road, and F Hinds jewellers in Merrywalks.
Civic Award – Edna Powell. Nominated for all of her voluntary work over many many years. Edna revived the Stroud Country Show and now chairperson and organiser played a key role in returning the event to a traditional community and countryside show. Also sec of stroud horticultural society, member of Gloucester rabbit club, Gloucester rare Breeds and Cotswold Sheep Society. Always involved in knitting and sewing for charity. Supporter of Stroud in Bloom and the Christmas Trees in the Church. Runs a local shop for many years.
the person who nominated her said: "Edna is a very jolly, friendly and generous person who makes you feel good and is always willing to help and give advice".