Gamesley praises community stars

Community heroes Ruth Bailey and Donna Rogers with their certificates, at the Gamesley celebration. Photo contributed.
Community heroes Ruth Bailey and Donna Rogers with their certificates, at the Gamesley celebration. Photo contributed.

Amateur boxers, Mediterranean chefs and plastering teachers were all congratulated at Gamesley’s celebration of achievements evening on Thursday.

The awards ceremony, which aims to honour community heroes in the area, was organised by Derbyshire County Council and took place at the early excellence centre on Winster Mews.

Winners included the Tool Box, who run training courses in construction from the education centre and Café Jericho, a café run by volunteers that provides a hub for the community as well as reasonably priced meals.

Ruth Bailey, from the Winster Mews cafe, received a certificate for her Spanish-themed menu, Spain on a Plate.

While Sarah Halliwell, Kerry Francis and Kerry Halliwell of community group G52, were also honoured.

The volunteers help run activities that benefit local residents including food days, play schemes, day trips and the market.

Tameside Elite Boxing Academy, a sports club run by volunteers, was commended for their classes on the estate.

Representatives from Neighbourhood Watch were also presented with certificates, as were children from Gamesley Community Primary School, on Grindleford Grove.

Guest speakers included deputy police commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, chair of Derbyshire County Council Cllr Dave Wilcox, deputy cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Damien Greenhalgh and head of the council’s adult education service Mark Homer.

Organiser Pat Javanaud, said: “The evening was a huge success with over a hundred in attendance. Our speakers talked about harnessing talent within the community, education within the community and safer communities. After the ceremony, we all enjoyed a lovely feast made and served by G52.

“This event has run for several years and is a way of bringing the community together and thanking them for all the work they do throughout the year.”