Community Awards 2015


2015 Nominees & Winners

An incredible evening when we celebrated all the nominees, and the winners of Castle Vale Community Awards 2015.

Greenwood Academy main hall was once again transformed by the team there for our special occasion and 200 people gathered for the occasion.  Our host for the evening was arguably one of the most famous people to have been part of one of our events – Nikky Smedley, most known for her tv role Laa Laa in the Teletubbies.

Entertainment was provided by Wings and Generations Choir who gave us a sneak peak performance for our upcoming event Where My Heart Is.  There was also a closing performance from Just James, followed by a party.

We had a couple of surprises on the evening. Opening the awards with the special Councillors Award given to John Mole for all his support in saving Castle Pool and Tyburn Library.  The closing award was a special Longstanding Achievement Award for Pat & Tony Romano.

Below are the nominees and the winners:

The Valued Contribution Award

  • Ann Jephcott has been volunteering at Forge Farm Stables (Animal Sanctuary) for the last 12 months
  • Castle Vale Neighbourhood Tasking Group are residents who meet to report issues and ensure that service providers take action.
  • Callum Gillamis a part time youth worker for CVCRS who volunteers in addition to help CV young people.
  • Jane Roche has gone above and beyond her role at the TRA to support people when they are in need.
  • Ken Sims is an active resident ensuring local people are represented through roles on key boards.
  • Merlin Venture Limited have supported local people to gain employment and training opportunities for 15 years.
  • Ray Goodwin has led by example with his endeavours and persistence in making Castle Vale a better place for all.
  • Sheila Hyland has supported local groups fundraising and activities through her job and beyond.

The Young Person’s Award

  • Aaron Moroney for his involvement in a range of community activities and encouraging others to be leaders.
  • Abigail Watts  for all her volunteering and representing young people at national and local events.
  • Brian Savage for all his volunteering, representing young people locally and supporting events.
  • Martyn Ramsey for his volunteering for the HeadStart project and becoming a Vale Maker.

The Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Castle Vale Pool User Group despite adversity and criticism they continue to work hard to keep Castle Pool open.
  • Colin Stokes has worked hard to coach the Under 10’s football, raised funds and inspired young people.
  • Lamidi Aminu has for more than 22 years contributed to the community from the days of the HAT to now.
  • Stephanie Norton has been volunteering with the Castle Vale Literacy Champions Programme for nearly a year.

Apprentice/Young Enterprise Award

  • Dylan Hughes is an apprentice at CVCHA, who has worked and now volunteers his own time at CVCRS.
  • Charlotte Dodd for setting up La Rochette, a new dance academy for people of all ages on the estate.
  • James O’Hare, Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare (WINGS) for creating a new group for all ages, that will help people with their next steps into the arts.

The Arts and Creativity Award

  • Claudette Griffiths for her role in helping to set up The Happy Snappers and supporting a range of arts activities.
  • Happy Snappers for their work to create a new local interest group and sharing their love of photography.
  • James O’Hare,Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare (WINGS) for creating a new group for all ages, with high quality drama, dance and singing training.

The Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Award

  • Castle Vale Couch to 5K Group for working hard to achieve the challenge of running 5k in less than 9 weeks.
  • Castle Vale Town FC for local residents who give up their time to support the club in a range of key roles.
  • Colin Stokes has worked hard to coach the Under 10’s football, raised funds and inspired young people.
  • Kick Start Academy for giving children many opportunities and making a difference to their lives.
  • Lee Crofts for his commitment to get fit and healthy, motivated by fundraising.

The Unsung Hero Award was an open category where the public could nominate any one or group that you think should be recognised for actions over the last 18 months that have largely been unnoticed or not celebrated enough. This award went to John Deeble.

A big thank you to our sponsors: 

Castle Vale Community Housing and Compass Support (part of The Pioneer Group)

Endowment Trust Fund

Neighbourhood Partnership Board

Tenants Residents Alliance

The Youth Council

Tyburn Ward Councillors.

Also a big thank you to those who donated prizes for the raffle:

Sainsbury’s Castle Vale Store

Star Taxi

Birmingham Rep Theatre


Lloyds Chemist

Castle Vale Post Office



K&K Pharmacy

and local residents.

Plus thank you to Sainsbury’s Castle Vale Store and Flowerworx for the flowers on the night.



3 comments on “Community Awards 2015
  1. […] They’ve all made incredible contributions to Castle Vale and we look forward to celebrating all the nominees and winners on Friday 16th October 2015 at this years event. Tickets can be bought from The Sanctuary, the Library, the TRA or reserved online, more details on the website page. […]

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