Community honours those who make a difference

Deeping St James Making A Difference Awards. Cathy Pridgeon, second right, receives the citizen to most make a difference award from Mercury editor Eileen Green, South Kesteven District Council chairman Davin Nalson, Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Phil Dilks and Mayor of Market Deeping Reg Howard
Deeping St James Making A Difference Awards. Cathy Pridgeon, second right, receives the citizen to most make a difference award from Mercury editor Eileen Green, South Kesteven District Council chairman Davin Nalson, Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Phil Dilks and Mayor of Market Deeping Reg Howard
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People who go the extra mile in their community have been recognised by a village parish council at an award ceremony.

Deeping St James Parish Council held its annual Making A Difference Awards at The Deepings School on Tuesday.

The awards, now in their fifth year, honour Deeping St James residents who have made an extra effort within their community.

Twelve people or groups were nominated by residents across three categories.

The young person’s award went to Nicole Pearce, 13, who organised two equestrian shows in aid of Cancer Research UK after her grandfather died of the disease.

Parish council chairman Phil Dilks presented the awards with Mercury editor Eileen Green.

Coun Dilks said: “Nicole rallied everybody with her endless enthusiasm.”

Certificates were also given to Adam Dobson for his work at the Deepings Youth Club and Harry Lowndes, six, who has done a huge amount for children less fortunate than himself.

The citizen to most make a difference award was given to Cathy Pridgeon for her work at the Deepings Community Centre.

Coun Dilks said: “Through hard work she has ensured that the centre continues to be there for the benefit of us all and, as their website says, the community centre is now an established and valued part of many local people’s lives.”

Certificates were also given to Carol Precey for her voluntary work, policeman James Capp, Andy Pelling for his campaign against a traffic light scheme, Fiona Gilbert for her work with the Open Door Church and Daniel Bond for his work with the beavers.

And finally the organisation award was given to the Deepings Round Table.

Coun Dilks said the group worked for a number of weeks to help renovate a house so a disabled man could live near his family in a home of his own.

He added: “They have made a real difference and deserve recognition.”

The Round Tablers were helped by tradesmen and residents from the village.

Certificates also went to the Priory Bell Ringers and the Interact Club of the Deepings.

Mercury editor Mrs Green said she was delighted to have been invited to present the awards.

“The winners thoroughly deserve this recognition,” she said. “Deeping St James is a thriving village, with a wonderful sense of community.”

Parish report – page 90