WINNER: Michael Cockerill
Michael has been a willing volunteer, working from Christ Church Mount Pellon for over 30 years.
He’s recently turned 70 years old and has been an oustanding and upright pillar of the community for many years.
Michael is currently involved with volunteering for The Halifax Long March Committee which organises a tradional fundraising walk and he also volunteers as a youth leader for teenage group SharX, skippers the ‘Spirit of Guiding’ narrow boat for all generations run by the Girl Guides and he is an active member of the church PCC as a church warden.
He also works with an International group which caters for refugees and asylum seekers and some of their basic human needs via Christ Church and St Augustines.
As a craftsman and retired joiner Michael helps renovate and refurbish Christ Church (a grade 2 * listed building) and designs and builds sets for Halifax Playhouse productions as well as materials for charity gala wagons to go on the annual parade.
WINNER: Angus MacGregor (Hope Reclaimed)
Angus MacGregor has recently left school and rather than head to university has taken up a few hours of paid work with Hope Reclaimed but he mainly works voluntary to support people on the margins of society.
Angus co leads Hope Reclaimed helping children and adults rebuild their self-esteem through art, music, multimedia and a homework club.
Although Angus has come from what many would consider a privileged background he has really connected with those who may have lost everything or have very little.
Hope Reclaimed is a creative arts enterprise working with the homeless, recovering addicts, ex-offenders and those living in extreme poverty to write record & perform songs.
As well as music, people also create works of art with the purpose of instilling confidence in themselves, helping them dream again and to understand the potential that they carry.
WINNER: St Hilda’s Church Choir
In December 2015 St Hilda’s Church Choir held a Carols in the Park event which is believed to be the very first of its kind to be held at West View Park.
As well as attractions, excellent food stalls and a fairground roundabout ride the evening was made special and extra Christmassy by St Hilda’s Choir who lead the singing of carols for over an hour.
St Hildas Church Choir also take part in the Churches Together singing at Asda at Easter time and choir members remain very active in all areas of church life and present annual entertainment covering many musical styles open to the whole community.
As individuals several people take leading parts in local choirs and amateur operatic productions.
WINNER: Sylvia Ketley
Sylvia has been a member of the Warley Community Association since it first began in 2008 and she has been involved with everything that the Association has carried out in the past and is always willing to go that extra mile.
One co-worker said’
“I have worked alongside Sylvia in creating and maintaining the green areas in the village and I often have to say to her I think we have done enough for today before she will finally give in to go home and relax.”
“Between us we plant up the troughs and planters in and around the village which Sylvia insists she looks after whilst I see to other sites.”
Over the past few years both Sylvia and her husband have suffered some bad health scares but she always bounces back with a smile and cheery disposition to join in all the village Clean-Up days regardless of the weather.
This lady is greatly admired and truly deserves to be recognised for the work she has carried out in the village of Warley.
Find out more on the Warley Community Association online at warleyca.co.uk
WINNER: Mount Tabor Luncheon Club
The Mount Tabor Luncheon Club have spent 40 years providing lunches weekly on Tuesdays for the senior citizens of Mount Tabor whilst providing companionship, two course meals and tea.
At present there are seven helpers who give their time freely to ensure the continuation of such a wonderful tradition which says a lot for the commitment of these ladies to the community.
Forty years ago in 1976 a lady (The late Mrs France Anne Baines) felt there was a need to bring the older residents of Mount Tabor together and with the help of the local church as well as grants from the Social Services Department and five ladies in the village a Luncheon club was formed.
This has continued with unbroken service and every Tuesday 30 meals are cooked and served some of these are delivered or collected for residents who are unwell or unable to get to the church hall.
The majority of the ladies in the kitchen are elderly themselves including 92 year old Doreen Stanfield who won the Life time achievement award in 2014!!
Charges for these meals are kept to a minimum, for a main course plus desert and a cup of tea only £3.50 is charged.
At Christmas time a special festive meal is served and the local Methodist church vicar and retired Social service employee who helped with the financing of the club are invited for making this possible and for their continued support.
The Our Communities Awards are fast approaching and we’re ready to recognise and celebrate those individuals and groups whose work and commitment has had a positive impact on the communities within the Warley and Park wards of Halifax.
With 10 Award categories to choose from including Lifetime Achievement won by Denise Keenan in 2015, Contribution to Culture also won in 2015 by Surraya Bibi and many more up for grabs… Be sure to get your nominations in by Thursday 31 March 2016 and give your inspirational individuals and groups the recognition they deserve.
Visit Our Communities Awards Page for further information including 8 more award categories, rules and nomination criteria; or if you know of an individual or group that has made a difference in your area who you feel is deserving of one of the awards… Nominate online today!
Why not take a look back at your winners in 2015
Inspirational individuals and groups were honoured for their community work at the Our Communities Awards ceremony, proudly hosted by The Halifax Academy.
Co-ordinated by the North East Halifax neighbourhood team, the annual event celebrated those who, through their talent, hard work and community spirit, make a difference in the Park and Warley wards.
The winners were nominated for their varied contributions to the local area, from providing lunches for older people and helping others into work, to educating, campaigning and fundraising.
The Lifetime Achievement award was presented by Mayor of Calderdale Councillor Pat Allen to Denise Keenan, who has been involved in voluntary work in the Park and Warley Wards for over 30 years. Described as “the very backbone of St Augustine’s Community Centre”, Denise has provided support and advice to the vulnerable, building their confidence and encouraging participation in the wider community.
The event brought together a diverse range of guests who, together with their friends and families, enjoyed a fantastic buffet and musical performances by students of The Halifax Academy.
The entertainment was provided by The Halifax Academy Brass Quartet and The Halifax Academy Choir, with solo performances from Alisha Zulfiqar, Eden Pendleton and Alya Begum.
Our Communities 2015 winners: