Community Awards 2013

AACV Community AwardsA huge success for the Castle Vale Community Awards 2013.

Here’s who was nominated, won, sponsored  and supported the evening.

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’.

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).

A starry night at the Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

A starry night at the Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

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.

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

Arts and Creativity Award – The Ridings Care Home
Nominees were
Julie Edwards
Laura Hicklin
The Ridings Care Home

Valued Contribution Award – Wendy Walsh
Nominees were
John Miles
Sue Spicer
Wendy Walsh

Young Person Award – Jonathan Nelson
Nominees were
Aaron Moroney
Castle Vale Youth Council
Jonathan Nelson

Sport and Fitness Award – Castle Vale Pool User Group
Nominees were
Garry Kilday & John Newton
Pat Tanner
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
Nominees were
Annie Largie
Brian Cragg
Castle Vale Tenants and Residents Alliance
CVCRS staff
Jan Davies
Judy Tullett
Lady Val Corbett
Robert Lee
Rupert Johnson
Sarah Ovlaghan
Sheila Arthurs
Terry Quinn
Tezlin Newell-Harding
The Santa’s Grotto Volunteers
Tracy Teale
Trevor Williams
Tracy Barrington

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.

Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

Castle Vale Community Awards 2013

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, Cultural Commissioning Team, Birmingham City Council

Our 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

All of the photos can be seen on our Facebook page

_DSC2178Look out for details of the Castle Vale Community Awards 2014


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