At a special ceremony last night at the Subscription Rooms the champions of Stroud were honoured.
Wendy Townsend, of the Lockkeeper’s Cafe at Wallbridge was named Trader of the Year.
Stroud mayor John Marjoram praised her for taking the risk of opening the cafe when it looked out on a still-derelict stretch of canal.
“The cafe has been crucial in starting to establish Wallbridge and the canal side as a pleasant place to spend time. It has become a massive asset to Stroud.”
The Canal Trust Volunteer Team were named Environmental Champions for the 25+ and under 25 categories.
“Our work is about education as well as restoration and we have so many groups and organisations supporting us,” said Paul Weller, Stroud District Council’s volunteer assistant for the canal project.
Stroud Civic Society chose the Stroud Brewery Bridge for the Design Award, praising all those who were involved in the project.
Cotswold Green bus drivers won the Mayor’s Special Award for their great customer service and friendliness.
Abbi Furley won the under 25 Sport and Culture Award for setting up the Cotswold Rangers’ ladies football team.
“There was only one women’s team in Stroud so we took it upon ourselves to start another one,” said Abbi.
Husband and wife team, Chris and Sally Brown of the Stroud Junior Athletics Club, won the Sports and Culture award for the 25+ category.
“We have more than 150 young people currently attending and another 80 on the waiting list,” said Chris Brown. “It’s the children with their immense talent and dedication that deserve the praise.”
Ron Cree, of R&R Books, won the Local Enterprise Award for his work to promote Stroud.
Sue Sutton won the Community Award for her work with Maypole Village Hall. She raised £90,000 for the restoration of the hall and is involved in supporting other initiatives in Paganhill and Farmhill.
“What makes Stroud such a wonderful place is the people. These awards are a chance to pay tribute to those special people who go above and beyond to make our town great. They are all stars,” said mayor John Marjoram.
Carole Garfield, chair of Stroud Chamber of Trade and Commerce, spoke at the annual meeting about the town’s bid to be a Portas Project.
Tim Mars, of the Stroud Civic Society, gave a presentation about the Stroud Brewery Bridge.
Town Awards 2012: Nominees and Winners
Canal Trust Volunteer Team
Trish Dickinson, ecological campaigner and activist
Under 25 and 25+ Winner: Canal Trust Volunteer Team
Trader of the Year
Wendy Townsend, Lockkeepers’ Cafe
Jeanette Bond, Bond Secretarial
Ray Hill, Sunshine Health Foods
Charles Tongue and his team at Stroud Bookshop
Lesley Lewis, Yards Ahead
Winner: Wendy Townsend
Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, Vice Chair of Stroud Chamber of Trade and Commerce
Sue Sutton, Maypole Village Hall fundraiser
Deborah Hewitt, Wood U Waste and fundraiser for Uplands Care Centre
Winner: Sue Sutton
Sports and Culture
25+ winner: Chris and Sally Brown, Stroud Junior Athletics Club
“Both Chris and Sally have dedicated many hours in the past eight years to benefit young people interested in athletics. More than 100 juniors currently attend and there is a waiting list. They have also promoted healthy living by exercise, team spirit, mutual support and discipline.”
“Having been keen on football and watched others play over the years, Abbi and some of her work colleagues started a women’s team so that they could get involved themselves. She has been the driving force behind the creation of the Cotswold Rangers ladies’ team and is always looking to more women involved as a fun way of keeping fit and the benefits it brings on a social level.”
Stroud Valleys Project Eco-Shop
Winner: Ron Cree
Mayor’s Special Award
Winner: Cotswolds Green Bus Drivers
“For their cheerful, helpful and friendly manner. They are the only buses that run where people live, covering the estates. They all have a great deal of patience, especially when dealing with parked cars.”
(Chosen by Stroud Civic Society)
Winner: Stroud Brewery Bridge
“The new Stroud Brewery Bridge makes an impressive entrance to Stroud. It is a considerable achievement and all those involved deserve congratulation. It is a milestone in the reopening of the canal, a statement of confidence in the future at a time when that is in scarce supply and an addition to the townscape of which Stroud can be justly proud.”