2012 North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards

The 4th North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards was held on Friday 30 March at Trinity Academy in collaboration with St Catherines Catholic High School.

Here are our all our fantastic winners:

~John Calpin~
Contribution to Our Environment

John has worked tirelessly to keep the streets of Illingworth and Mixenden clean and free of litter for the past 8 years and is known throughout for delivering a fantastic service. He is a conscientious hard working member of the Safer Cleaner Greener team.

“You would have to go a long way to meet a more genuine hard working man”


~Pat Highley and Cheryl Earnshaw~
Community Involvement

These ladies have been running the Furness Charity Shop since it opened 10 years ago. They offer a listening ear to all who pop in for a cuppa and some cake or to browse the merchandise; their hospitality is second to none. They said,

“We started doing it for the church really but over the years it’s become more about the people and the friendships”.

~Illingworth & Bradshaw Local Activity Group~
Contribution to the Older Generation

Working together with the council, local churches and schools, at least fifteen volunteers have tirelessly turned up to planning meetings, made teas, set up rooms, given lifts, put up posters and helped to organise activities for from Keep Fit to Bridge classes; there really is something for everyone.

“As well running a popular programme of activities they are constantly coming up with new ideas to make Illingworth an even better place to be over 50!”


~Tony Sheard~
Contribution to Work and Training

Tony is an exceptional joinery tutor at North Halifax Skills Centre who works with some of the most vulnerable and challenging groups of young people, often that are not in any kind of education, training or work. Last year 100% of his pupils progressed to further learning. His humour and his respect for young people encourages them to believe they can do it.


~Sarah Bedford~
Outstanding Individual

Sarah joined the Sure Start North Halifax Board in 2005 and soon became Vice Chair and then Chair of that body. She joined the North Halifax Partnership in 2006 and was elected Chair in 2009. Under her leadership she has overseen the focus of the partnership in meeting the needs of the local community. “She leads the North Halifax Board with great care, sensitivity and passion”


~Challengers Team~
Contribution to Culture

15 years old this year and still going strong!

This amazing group of people are there faithfully week in week out whether it’s after school sessions at Whitehill, Out of Darkness or one of the many community events this group organise or get involved in. Their annual Community Fun Day in Illingworth attracts around 2000 people each year.


~Sara Holroyd~
Contribution to Children and Young People

The St George’s Youth Project was launched back in 2005 as a safe place for young people to congregate. Since then under Sarah’s leadership it has gone from strength to strength. Working with over 50 young people a week the group offers a mixture of fun and educational opportunities.


~Alan Dickinson~
Contribution to Sport and Play

Nominated for building up and sustaining a thriving club and continually striving to improve and develop the Halifax Table Tennis Centre.

The club based in Ovenden provides table tennis skills and coaching to around 100 people of all ages and currently boasts 10 young people in the top 100 for England!


~Bethany Armstrong~ and ~Declan Fusco~
Young Person of the Year

Bethany has over the last 7 years gone from captaining her team to helping out with coaching to organising drills and other aspects of training this under 6 team. “The kids love her to bits!

Declan came to Pennine Housing from Catholic High School on work experience where he worked as a Grounds Maintenance Operative. 2 years later he continues to turn up twice a week as a volunteer worker. He is a valued member of the team and an inspiration!


~Rev. Jean Hoggard~
Lifetime Achievement

After retiring Jean continued her voluntary work by setting up Noah’s Ark Counselling Centre and the Noah’s Ark Charity Shop. In 2010 she was made an OBE for services to the community in Halifax. Today she still works every day at the New Horizons Café, still counsels at Noah’s Ark and continues to take services and lead sermons at St Georges Church.

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