Winners 2021

We are proud to announce the Mid Sussex Applauds 2021 winners for the following categories:

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Young Achiever Award

Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

 

Winner

CARLA WILLIAMS-WOOD

When Sussex Clubs for Young People first moved to the Bentswood Hub, Carla came along to assist with the ‘gardening’ of the flower planters in front of the Hub.
Despite Carla facing her own personal challenges, she has continued to attend the Bentswood Seniors Youth Club and over the last 12 months has moved gradually from an attendee to a helper. We are now also signing her up as a Young Leader meaning we will be training her up to ‘properly’ assist the Youth Club.
At the Blackland Farm Camp in July she attended as a volunteer young leader and assisted with activities and during the present summer program she has assisted at several events (all voluntarily) such as the last 2 Skatefests where she has helped with the craft activities. She also assisted with the sign writing (graffiti style) at the Hub.
She has overcome many personal problems and challenges and has had to grow up very quickly but is now regularly volunteering with Sussex Clubs for Young People and becoming a valued member of staff.

 

Take Pride in Mid Sussex

This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle.

Winner

KEN GROCOTT

Pyecombe Parish Council would like to nominate Ken Grocott for all his work ensuring the Parish is kept clean and tidy. Ken has voluntarily undertaken the upkeep of the grounds at Pyecombe Church. The church is used by local residents for both services and daily reflection and the grounds upkeep plays an important part in this. Ken also litter picks throughout the parish keeping the grass verges and pavements clear of litter. The Parish Council would really like to see Ken recognised for his efforts on behalf of all the residents, which are very much appreciated by everyone!

 

Young Volunteer of the Year

Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community

Winner

OLLY HOWLAND

Olly was a volunteer co-presenter of the weekly Meridian FM Schools Out radio show from 2012 to 2018. He was a young leader with East Grinstead 8th Scouts from 2018 until the first lockdown in 2020.
Olly has also worked as a regular volunteer at the Quarry Cafe since it opened in 2017, initially
helping with the youth cafe after school one day a week. With the first lockdown, when the cafe temporarily closed, Olly helped with the new Community Fridge.
Initially he helped to share out surplus fresh food outside the Cafe and deliver their ready meals to local vulnerable residents.
As the Community Fridge grew and was combined with the re-opened Cafe, Olly began volunteering every day. In the last 12 months Olly has contributed over 1,083 hours as a volunteer. He is a highly valued member of the team and is competent in all aspects of their work.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

An individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

 

Winner

JOHN FOSTER

John joined Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South, East) in 1991 after retiring from his job with the Bank of England where he spent 40 years.
In his role John specialised in Employment and was known for his meticulous approach to cases which helped the clients enormously during what can be quite a nerve-wracking process. From 2003, he joined the County Court Helpdesk in Haywards Heath where he saved many hundreds of people from losing their homes over the years.
The last Judge, Judge Pollard, worked with John before Haywards Heath County Court closed was so impressed with John that he wrote to him personally to thank him when the Court closed.
“John had a quiet, gentle manner, which endeared him to many of our clients who would ring in and ask for Mr. Foster. Both those qualities and his sense of humour endeared him to staff and volunteers alike”.
Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South, East) are so grateful for all of John’s hard work over the 30 years he volunteered for us. We couldn’t have done as much without him and many people’s lives would not have changed for the better.

 

Stronger Together

For an individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

 

Winner

JOHN THORPE

John Thorpe has successfully led the community project to build Ansty Village Centre which has been a real collaborative effort between users of the village hall, the sports and social club and cricket club. The new building will host a wide variety of groups including arts and crafts and gardening clubs, cricket and football clubs, snooker and darts teams, fitness classes and community events, such as afternoon teas, skittles, race nights and parties. The building includes a lift and induction loop and provides disability access throughout the centre.
John worked with community groups alongside local Councils to raise the money needed for the project and ensured that the building design met the needs of a wide range of users. He has worked throughout the build phase overcoming many challenges along the way.
The project to replace the dilapidated village hall was started more than a decade ago and is now, thanks to John, a great example of what can be achieved by a community working together.

 

Good Sport Award

A club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

 

Winner

PHILLIP COOTE

Phillip joined East Grinstead Hockey Club in 1989. The club’s ethos is to try and balance performance, grass roots and sport for all, whilst connecting sport, business, education, and community. Phillip has represented all senior men’s sides, winning several national medals along the way.
In a commercial club role since 1994, he has raised almost £1,000,000, by attracting brands like Emirates, Yazoo and Zoom Airlines as sponsors.
As well as being Men’s Captain from 2004 to 2010, Philip coached the Under 18 boys to 4 Mercian finals, captained the 2nd XI for 4 years and has most recently become Club Chairman.
He is proud of the academic partnership program, developed over 15 years, that has seen children benefit from sports scholarships and is looking forward to being part of the team taking a hockey outreach program into state schools.
Asked recently what it means to play for East Grinstead He replied, “It’s a great honour to play for East Grinstead Hockey Club and even more so to chair the club. We are in essence stewards of the club, and it is our responsibility to remember and respect the incredible support and time given by members past, but more importantly to make sure that the opportunities we benefitted from are there for future generations”.

 

Business in the Community Award

Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

Winner

MARTYN JUPP – JUPP’S FISH AND CHIP SHOP

We’ve had many kind donations of all kinds of food to keep the Vaccination Centre team and volunteers going since December 2020, but Martyn really has gone above and beyond, donating in excess of 1,200 meals to date - and still counting!
It’s especially significant that this comes from a local, sole trader and we very much appreciate his continuing generosity.

 

Stronger Communities

A community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity​

Winner

CLAIR HALL VACCINATION VOLUNTEERS REPRESENTED BY JOANNA HEAD

The wonderful volunteer team at the Clair Hall vaccination centre have turned up - smiling - in all weathers throughout the pandemic and made sure to welcome each patient and help them through the process.
Initially the volunteer team was organised by Lesley and Mike Bright and is now co-ordinated by Jo, who also helps on volunteer shifts. They’ve all done a great service in welcoming and supporting Mid Sussex residents through the vaccination process and even keeping the medical team supplied with teas and coffees! The sheer number and energy of all the team has been massively appreciated.
There are usually between 9 and 13 volunteers for each shift when vaccinations are happening, and 3 shifts on the day - we simply couldn’t have got through so many patients safely without their commitment and hard work. Since the first day of vaccinating on 29 Dec 2020 we have issued 119,028 vaccinations to date (Aug 21).

 

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Past Winners

2020

We are proud to recognise the amazing individuals, groups and businesses from across the District in this year’s Mid Sussex Applauds Awards.

Below are details of our winners and their stories.

We are proud to recognise the amazing individuals, groups and businesses from across the District in this year’s Mid Sussex Applauds Awards.

Below are details of our winners and their stories.

Business in the Community
https://youtu.be/3ACW2SBJGz8

Good Sport Award
https://youtu.be/evQu2mYwhSk

Lifetime Achievement Award
https://youtu.be/qpS2WQln3_c

Stronger Communities Award
https://youtu.be/pJFlNC8yfSA

Stronger Together Award
https://youtu.be/TdiHjQ_NwDo

Take Pride in Mid Sussex
https://youtu.be/AMlAaPge7d4

Young Achiever Award
https://youtu.be/K4BQtl87lzU

Young Volunteer of the Year Award
https://youtu.be/kRFMX6D8mwo

Peer nominated Award
https://youtu.be/jW1agd2MPuk

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Young Achiever Award

Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

 

Young Achiever Award, Joint winners – Zac Lammas and Kieran Thompson
Zac’s fortitude and spirit has been paramount in his recovery following a catastrophic injury in 2018. ‘He inspires everyone he meets with his cheerful attitude, good humour, and positivity. He is a true inspiration to all, achieving so much in the relatively short period since his injury.’

During lockdown Kieran was self-isolating but on his daily walk he decided to spread some cheer by dressing as Spider-Man. This took him all over Burgess Hill and he also started raising money for the NHS and has managed to raise over £2500 so far. ‘This young man is a real-life superhero!’

Take Pride in Mid Sussex

This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle.

Take Pride in Mid Sussex winner - Joanne Clayton
Joanne operates a Terracycle drop off point from her home in Haywards Heath on a voluntary basis. ‘Although she has not kept a record of the amount of waste this scheme has saved from landfill to date, Joanne believes it to be hundreds of kilos!’

Young Volunteer of the year

Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community

 

Young Volunteer of the year winner - Thomas Martin
When the local church realised that online communication was going to be vital during lockdown, they knew they needed help, and Thomas willingly stepped up. “He has been the hub around which many people connect and deserves recognition for being so essential to the community - not just the church, but the rest of the village too.”

Highly Commended – Connor Murphy
Commended – Charlotte Curran, Lara Holti Wickens, Rebecca Mummery, Leo Rimmer, Ellah Sasson, Kieran Thompson.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

An individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

 

Lifetime Achievement Award winner - Jackie Cooper
As Chairperson of Burgess Hill Youth Club Jackie runs youth club sessions, looking after the building, the volunteer staff and the young people. She helps organise the Young Carer's Program in Mid Sussex and helps the preparation and delivery of food parcels each Christmas in the area, and more recently food parcels in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic. She is also a Trustee of the Harambee Boys Centre in Kenya which is a place for homeless boys aged 5 to 19 years.

In January 2020 she received the British Citizen Award for being an Independent Custody Visitor for over 25 years, she is Treasurer of the Dolphin Ladies swimming club and lastly, the Trustee in charge of Safeguarding for Sussex Clubs for Young People.

“Jackie has a whole town of kids that love and respect her and she’s a wonderful hard working, helpful and knowledgeable lady.”

Highly Commended – Peter Heasman
Commended – Tony Bristow, Jane Green, Carol Jefferies, Mike Livesey, Beverly Newman, Dave Parsons.

Stronger Together

An individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

 

Stronger Together Award winner - Sarah Collyer
Sarah was nominated for the “brilliant job as part of the East Grinstead Action Group team” in addition to the many other community groups she is involved in.

Highly Commended – Jane Cheshire (Sayers Common) and Anne Stone (East Grinstead).
Commended - Andi Frost, Jane Green, Kathryn Hibbert-Little, Vicky Jones, Barbara King, Graham Meeres and Jahan Tarana.

Good Sport Award

A club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

Good Sport Award winner - Tony Bristow
Tony Bristow was nominated in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Southdown Football Club where until his recent retirement was involved for over 25 years. “We are extremely grateful for the tireless time and effort he has put into making Southdown FC the inclusive, friendly local club it is today.”

Highly Commended – Robert Ruff (posthumous)
Robert (Bob) Ruff “helped many athletes, both juniors and seniors, to reach their full potential.” Sadly, he died in August 2020, but Haywards Heath Harriers wanted to recognise his 20+ year commitment with this nomination.

Commended – Sue Best, Mid Sussex Active.

Business in the Community Award

Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

 

Business in the Community Award winner - Tarana, Turners Hill


The Tarana Restaurant in Turners Hill owned by Jahan received lots of nominations for their amazing support during the Covid pandemic. “He has given hours on a voluntary basis cooking and delivering Indian meals during the Covid-19 pandemic. He doesn’t ask for anything in return and has been delivering to local hospitals, care home, doctors’ surgeries, schools and a whole lot more”.

Highly Commended - ABCOM (Yan Davies), Victory Inn Staplefield.

Commended - Anthony Hole + Sons Bicycle Shop, Ariel Company Theatre, Central Stores (Turners Hill), Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project, Mobile Commercials Ltd, Mug Tree Tea Room, Paul’s Greengrocer (Lindfield), Sayers Common Community Village Shop, Silvas Coffee Shop, Village Shop (Horsted Keynes).

Stronger Communities

A community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity​

 

Stronger Communities Joint winners – Haywards Heath Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, Horsted Helpers, Hurstpierpoint Covid-19 Neighbours Support Group.

Haywards Heath Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group (HHMA) was set up in early March 2020 prior to lock down. At its peak it had more than 650 volunteers registered. Since the group started taking requests in March, they have helped over 1000 households, through a designated phone line, with shopping, click and collect pick-ups, picking up prescriptions and so many other small jobs that their vulnerable or self-isolating neighbours were unable to do themselves.

HHMA also supported the Town Mayor’s ‘Leave No One Behind’ campaign in Haywards Heath, to help the community in what were and still are unprecedented times. Together with Haywards Heath Town Council and Age UK West Sussex Brighton and Hove, HHMA launched and helped administer the Haywards Heath Emergency Food Hub. The HHMA collected food, organised storage, took referrals with the Town Council, made up food parcels and delivered them. At all times the management team, all volunteers, of Jo Lee, Amie Cherverst and Redwan Chowdhury along with Jo Roberts who led on the Foodbank worked tirelessly to deliver this service to the needy and vulnerable of Haywards Heath.

Within a week of setting up the Horsted Helpers Facebook group in March over 90 villagers had signed up to help. Horsted Helpers formed 4 area delivery groups for food and supplies; an emotional support group; a key worker baking group; and a pharmacy group. During lockdown over 200 deliveries of shopping and medication were made in addition to the many existing support arrangements of villagers already supporting vulnerable neighbours. They also carried out phone, window and garden chats to help keep spirits up of those shielding; personal possessions taken to people in hospital; food bank collections set up; calls made to reassure relatives unable to visit elderly parishioners; snacks and supplies collected for staff at the Princess Royal Hospital; craft kits delivered to shielding families; weekly cakes whipped up for the crew at the local Residential Care Home and a virtual quiz set up to replace the fortnightly pub social event (over £1300 has been raised for charity through it!).

The Hurstpierpoint Covid-19 Neighbours support group was formed in March at the start of the pandemic. The local initiative was set up to bring together Hurst residents to help and support their neighbours who were vulnerable or self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Volunteers distributed fliers across the village with their contact details, and posters were displayed in all public areas in the village. They ensured that every street was being covered and looked after. Volunteers offered to collect shopping and prescriptions, walk dogs, post mail or be available for a friendly chat over the phone. In total there were 32 road group representatives involved in the day to day running supported by 100 wonderful volunteers.

Highly commended – Craig Davis

Commended - Befriended.org, Escape Youth Club, Mid Sussex Voluntary Action, Sayers Common Community Shop, Sussex EDS and Hypermobility, Together in Sussex, With you in Mind (Sussex Oakleaf, Clarion Futures and Avetrade).

Peer Nominated Award

In this category each nominee is given the chance to vote for their favourite in any of the categories.

 

In this category the winners choose from the candidates for a Peer-nominated Award. This year’s winner is Jahan Tarana.

2019

Winners for 2019

Mid Sussex Applauds Awards highlight the fantastic work of individuals and organisations across the district, recognising our connections and celebrating our community.

Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Cllr Colin Trumble hosted the new community recognition awards on 13th October in East Grinstead’s Meridian Hall. Awards were presented by sponsors and by High Sherriff of West Sussex Mrs Davina Irwin-Clark.

You can read the full details of the winners and runners up in our Event Programme

Category Description Sponsor
Stronger Communities A community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity​ CAE sponsor logo

Joint winners - Sussex Oakleaf and Spire Cafe IT Support
‘Sussex Oakleaf’s The Big Mental Health Pop up’ project was incredibly inspiring. It created mental health awareness for the general public to help reduce stigma and create a discussion platform. It brought a sense of vitality for the community in an area undergoing redevelopment.

The Spire Café IT support group hold weekly sessions and are in their 5th year. The team of volunteers are extremely dedicated, unassuming and committed with a wealth of knowledge between them.

2nd place - Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Community Support Group (Jane Green)
3rd place – Jubilee Hub​

Young Achiever Award Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem  

Winner – Peter McCleery
Peter was instrumental in creating a petition to highlight the issues around the closure of Haywards Heath College. Despite many obstacles, Peter has gone out of his way to help other students to get to their college near to home.

2nd place – Oli Saunders

Take Pride in Mid Sussex This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle. IdVerde sponsor logo

Joint winners - Rob McIntyre and Colin McFarlin
Rob instigated the Balcombe Garden Guerrillas who care for the gardens at Balcombe Station. The gardens have won critical acclaim. He is now involved in renovating Balcombe phone boxes.
Colin volunteers as a Waste Prevention Advisor – he has delivered 28 talks to local groups and had notched up 220 hours of volunteering in 2019 alone!

2nd place Burgess Hill Recycling - Terracycle scheme,
3rd place - Richard Inman

Young Volunteer of the year Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Winner – Ayo Odeyinde
During the summer holidays, Ayo arranged summer sports clubs and did all the work related to it. He is a really valued role model for younger children.
Joint 2nd – Nathan White and Stephen Beckett
3rd - Rhea Burman
Lifetime Achievement Award An individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime  

Winner - Dorothy Lazenby
Dorothy has been running 4Sight lunch clubs for over 38 years! ‘Irreplaceable, inspiring, selfless, committed, thoughtful and kind’ are just a few words used to describe her!

2nd - Alan Kelly
3rd - Barbara Alderson

Stronger Together An individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity  
Winner – Karen Williams
Karen revived the Duck Fair in World’s End in Burgess Hill. Over 5,000 people attended. Karen ate, slept and breathed the Duck Fair!
2nd joint winners – Sarah Cheesmur and Jane Hill
3rd place - Gary Simons
Good Sport Award A club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex Places Leisure sponsor logo

Winner - Marion Hemsworth
Marion has worked tirelessly to get people running and making running an enjoyable activity available to all. She is a great ambassador for running and proof that your passion can inspire others.

2nd - Linda Tullett
3rd - Hurstpierpoint Football Club

Business in the Community Award Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life Caravan Club sponsor logo

Winner - Swoove Fitness - Esther Featherstone
Swoove stands for singing, whooping and moving. The classes are available for everyone, young and old, those with limited mobility and special needs. Swoove has raised over £64,000 for charities and Esther aims to raise £1milion in her lifetime.

2nd - Handcross Hardware and Craft Store
Joint 3rd – Mug Tree Tea Room and Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project

Peer Nominated Award In this category each nominee is given the chance to vote for their favourite in any of the categories.  

Winner – Dorothy Lazenby

 

Contact

Regina Choudhury
Email: regina.choudhury@midsussex.gov.uk 

Last updated: 22 November 2021