Honours for those who make a difference in Deeping St James

Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Andy Pelling and Sector Inspector Mike Burnett with young nominees at the Deeping St James Making a Difference awards, from left, Esther Alderson, Aaron Garside, Zoe Hutton, Phoebe Lucas and Emma Morgan EMN-140521-181416001
Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Andy Pelling and Sector Inspector Mike Burnett with young nominees at the Deeping St James Making a Difference awards, from left, Esther Alderson, Aaron Garside, Zoe Hutton, Phoebe Lucas and Emma Morgan EMN-140521-181416001
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People who make a real difference to their community were honoured for their work at an annual awards ceremony.

Deeping St James Parish Council held its Making A Difference awards at the Deepings School on Tuesday.

Sector Inspector Mike Burnett presents Deeping Rangers groundsman Dave Holmes with the Person to Most Make a Difference Award EMN-140521-181406001

Sector Inspector Mike Burnett presents Deeping Rangers groundsman Dave Holmes with the Person to Most Make a Difference Award EMN-140521-181406001

The council holds the ceremony every year to say thank you to those who go above the call of duty in the parish.

This year the Organisation To Most Make A Difference award was shared for the first time, between Lives First Responders and the Deepings Foodbank.

Lives is a team of volunteers who respond quickly to medical emergencies and help patients until paramedics arrive.

The Deepings Foodbank was set up to help people who are struggling to feed their families.

The Young Person To Most Make A Difference was Emma Morgan, for her voluntary work at Deepings St James Priory Church, the Red Cross shop and Deepings Youth Centre. Emma also supports community events with her singing.

And Person To Most Make A Difference was long-standing Deeping Rangers groundsman Dave Holmes, pictured left, a much-loved figure at the club who gives up his time to make sure the Outgang Road ground is in top condition for every match.

Sector Inspector for the area Mike Burnett presented the winners with their awards. He was impressed with the selfless acts off all those who were nominated.

Insp Burnett said: “They are making really good contributions to the local community. Many of them are members of the Deepings School which shows the school in a very positive light.”

Prior to the ceremony the council held its annual parish meeting. Chairman Andy Pelling spoke about the council’s work over the past year and presentations were given about the First World War Project, the carnival, the work of the allotments committee, the Exotic Pet Refuge and the Friends of Deeping Library.