The Community Hero of the Year Award is awarded to individuals or groups of people who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for the benefit of the community and to help others.

Councillor Keith Scarff said “Although there are many amongst us, who hold strong views about the communities in which we live and work, only a few are prepared to give up their time to support their communities. These people provide passion, energy and enthusiasm to tackling local issues. Typically, they do no run out of steam when they encounter obstacles but look for solutions by working positively with others. They may be leading community figures who are involved in a wide range of issues, or perhaps a leading figure in a local organisation. Whatever, their role, they are likely to be admired by their peers and we would be delighted to hear about them. Therefore, if you know of a person who you consider to be a ‘Community Hero’ in Stowmarket, then please spare a few moments to nominate them!”

This year’s Award is sponsored by Cedars Park CIC, they said “Cedars Park CIC is once again proud to sponsor the Community Hero of the Year award at this year’s Stowmarket Town Awards. Cedars Park CIC has run Cedars Park Community Centre, since we opened in May 2013. Cedars Park Community Centre hosts a great variety of hirer’s, including a pre-school, Cedars Park FC, Carpet Bowls, 2 WI groups, martial arts, children’s dance and drama classes as well as Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Jo’s Fit 4 All, Salcerbox, Fitsteps and Zumba. We also cater for parties, Christenings and wedding receptions. Our excellent bar & restaurant, the Aviary, in addition to providing meals for customers, also run successful darts and pool nights. As Chair of the CIC Board of Director’s I was delighted to present Michelle Frost and Jill Roberts with the Community Hero of the Year award at the last awards ceremony in 2016. Jill and Michelle were very worthy winners. They have set up a charity called, ‘Community Jam pot’ and each year provide a 3 course Christmas luncheon at the United Reformed church, together with afternoon entertainment, which last year was attended by over 100 local residents. I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Christmas luncheon in my capacity as Town Mayor. I shall look forward to presenting the Community Hero of the Year award to another worthy individual or group at this year’s awards.”

For more information on nominating your Community Hero of the Year see our website: www.stowmarket.org/launch-event/

This video features previous 2016-17 winners Jill Roberts & Michelle Frost.