Castle Vale Community Awards – a big success all round

A starry night at the Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

A starry night at the Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

We wanted to bring something a liitle different to the Castle Vale Community Awards in 2013 and create something that would not only be a special occasion but that sparkled with awards ceremony all over.  And we think that is what we achieved from the feedback given and as you’ll be able to see from the photos.

It took just over a day for Vortex Creates to transform the Residents Club into our brilliant backdrop with some of the magic starting in the corridor leading you into the room with lights and materials drapped everywhere you looked.  We had lots of ‘wow’, ‘ooh’ and ‘I don’t remember the Residents Club looking like this before’.

Owen Webb and James Keefe, Welsh National Opera

Owen Webb and James Keefe, Welsh National Opera

We started the evening off with brilliant performances from baritone Owen Webb accompanied by James Keefe who have been part of a team working with The Ridings Care Home as part of a new opera project by Welsh National Opera.  As well as performing the beutiful classic One Enchanted Evening they also performed one of the pieces from the new opera ‘I Had an Angel’ (look out for a future blog post on the full premiere).

Our master of ceremony Chris Thomas then took us through all the awards presented with help from our funders and supporters.  A short film on each of the three nominees in each category gave us an inside look into the reasons why they were up for the award made by local company Trash.  Seeing some of the achievements of our nominees on film and hearing lots of people speak about them passionatly raised goose bumps and set some tears going.

And the winners were….

In the categories voted by the public from a shortlist were:

Arts and Creativity Award – The Ridings Care Home

Valued Contribution Award – Wendy Walsh

Young Person Award – Jonathan Nelson

Sport and Fitness Award – Castle Vale Pool User Group 

Awarded in 2 special categories were:

Councillors Award – Tracey Teal

TRA Special Award – Sheila Arthurs

And for the open award nominated and decided for by the public, the Unsung Hero – Tracey Barrington

For full details of those nominated in the public votes category including a list of all those nominated in the Unsung Hero award please see the Community Awards page.

Justin Averill

Justin Averill

We finished the formal part of the evening with some more fantastic music this time from the first Castle Vale’s Got Talent winner Justin Averill who gave us a brilliant perofrmance including some of his own composed music.

The celebration didn’t stop there – everyone continued with food, drink and more photos.  There was a great buzz in the air everyone chatted and enjoyed the evening and it was with sadness that we had to then pack away at the end of the night.

How to describe the evening – pride in Castle Vale, a genuine celebration of all the hard work and achievements of those in the room, everyone made to feel valued at a special occasion for them.

A big thank you to those who helped make the night a huge success.

For those who presented the awards

Owen Webb

Lynda Clinton, Mike Sharpe and Mick Brown

Caius Collins

Sheila Hyland

Ruth Miller

Ray Goodwin and Sam Lowe

Lydia Miller

_DSC2178Our funders and sponsors:

Castle Vale Endowment Trust Fund

Birmingham City Council’s Community Chest Fund


The Youth Council

Castle Vale Tennants and Residents Alliance

Tyburn Ward Councillors

Greenwood Academy

and Active Arts Castle Vale

Those who gave in kind support for the night

Sainsbury’s Castle Vale – thank you for the flowers and the support from Sheila Hyland

MITIE – thank you for the great support on the night for the security especially to Stephen Barthorpe and to Saj and Habib

Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

If you’d like to see the full set of photos visit our Facebook page.  You’re free to dowload the images for personal use and if you’d like them emailed to you just get in touch with us.  We can also arrange for them to be printed or put on disc at a small price to cover the costs.

Get in touch if you’d liek to be involved in planning next year.  And remember to start thinking of those who should be recognised in next years awards.

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