Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk awards honoured

The winners of the Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk awards have been announced following a night of glamour and celebrations.

The finalists gathered at St Mary’s Church, in Hadleigh, for a star-studded event to celebrate their outstanding efforts in the community.

The awards received over 150 entries and the church was packed with businesses and individuals who have all played a vital role in making the districts what they are today.

The full list of winners and finalists were:

Business in the Community Award – Babergh
Winner: Manish Patel, Shotley Stores
Winner: Mukunthan Thurairajah (Muku)

Business in the Community Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Cabbages & Kings and the Mix
Finalist: Orbital Media

Business Growth Award – Babergh
Winner: Suffolk Market Events
Finalist: Hollingsworths Store & Butchers, Chelmondiston
Finalist: Stour Sort & Sparkle

Business Growth Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Ocala
Finalist: C&K Meats Ltd

Community Group of the Year Award – Babergh
Winner: Stutton Community Shop CIC
Finalist: Ansell Memories Café

Community Group of the Year Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Information Line Volunteers – Suffolk Family Carers
Winner: Talk & Support Volunteers – Suffolk Family Carers

Community Spirit of the Year Award – Babergh
Winner: Joes Golf & Activity Park
Finalist: Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbour Scheme

Community Spirit of the Year Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Redgrave Community Society
Finalist: Radio Stradbroke

Best Community Achievement Award – Babergh
Winner: Team Together Tuesday
Finalist: Kernos Centre (KERNOS)

Best Community Achievement Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Courthouse Café Volunteers
Finalist: Stradbroke Good Neighbours

Community Project of the Year Award – Babergh
Winner: Lavenham Community Land Trust
Finalist: Diane Chase & Audrey Lorford, producers of ‘Hintlesham & Chattisham, the story of two Suffolk villages’

Community Project of the Year Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Inspire Suffolk’s Princes Trust Team at Stowmarket
Finalist: Search for the Stars

Sporting Achievement of the Year Award – Babergh
Winner: Sudbury Cricket Club
Finalist: Kelly Mires, Hadleigh Stars Gymnastics

Sporting Achievement of the Year Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Mark Trent, Scorpion Martial Arts Academy
Finalist: Tim Carr, Claydon FC

Community Champion of the Year Award – Babergh
Winner: Norman Bugg, community volunteer
Finalist: Janet Dicks, Hollywood, Ansell Centre Hadleigh

Community Champion of the Year Award – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Irene Davis, community volunteer
Finalist: Roger Rehan, Founding trustee of Mid Suffolk CA
Finalist: David Goodlad, community volunteer

Volunteer of the Year – Babergh
Winner: Will Hunt, Cornard Dynamos
Finalist: Jane Snowdon, community volunteer

Volunteer of the Year – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Carol Prybus, Stowmarket Rookery Bowls Group
Winner: Chris Brook, Stowmarket Rookery Bowls Group

Special Recognition – Babergh
Winner: Caroll Reeve, Lavenham community volunteer
Special Recognition – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Kat Terry, community volunteer

Overall Star – Babergh
Winner: Will Hunt, Cornard Dynamos

Overall Star – Mid Suffolk
Winner: Redgrave Community Society

Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We feel so proud to be able to offer these awards to recognise such outstanding achievements. We couldn’t have done it without any of our nominees or sponsors so well done to everyone involved.”

Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We’ve been able to celebrate those who do amazing things throughout our towns and villages, often unnoticed. This exciting and important work helps our communities thrive and makes a big impact in our districts. The look on people’s faces when they received their awards made the event and I’m sure that the happiness and memories will resonate long after the music and lights went down. Congratulations to all.”

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