On Wednesday 9th May the Felixstowe Town Council held their AGM at Felixstowe Academy for the first time, and in an innovative move combined it with the presentation of the Civic Awards for the year. The winners were as follows:
For her work for Old Felixstowe Community Association for nearly 20 years raising hundreds of pounds for the Association.
Robert (Bob) Cockburn
For supporting the Royal British Legion for many years. Including being Parade Marshall for the town of Felixstowe and Standard Bearer for The RAF Association.
For her dedicated work with the Felixstowe Museum and its volunteers as Chairman and more recently as Committee Member.
For his outstanding contribution to the Felixstowe Scouting Group for over 40 years as well as starting the 8th Felixstowe Scout Group over 25 years ago.
Instrumental in the running of support groups for people living with dementia in Felixstowe.
Felixstowe Community Award 2018:
The Laydens Community Project
For improving the local community by reducing social isolation by providing meals, free confidential health checks, food bank provision, assistance with job searching, British Sign Language courses and much more.
HMS Ganges Youth Trophy:
For his hard work within the Level Two Youth Project as well as volunteering as a representative at the Suffolk Assembly of Youth. He is a keen leader and speaker and helps young people attending Level Two Youth Project by supporting them in their open sessions.
There was also a presentation of the first Tourism Award from six nominees chosen by The Tourism Working Group. The six were The Pier, Felixstowe Golf Club, Felixstowe Museum, Felixstowe Carnival Prom Night, Festival of Fabric and Suffolk Armed Forces Day
The winner was Festival of Fabric – started by Amanda Bowden of Felixstowe Sewing School only two years ago.
Also at the event the outgoing Mayor, Nick Barber, announced that a total of £17,346 had been raised in support of his three chosen charities: Felixstowe Area Community Transport (FACTS); Level Two Youth Project and Felixstowe & Walton Football Club
Each charity was presented with a cheque for £5,782
He, said “It was great to see so many people attend our new style Annual Town Meeting at the Academy, incorporating the Civic Awards and the presentation of cheques to my chosen charities.
Felixstowe has had a brilliant year. Without people like our Civic Award winners and all the nominees, the town would not be the wonderful place we know and love.
My charities were thrilled with the total raised. I must once again thank everyone involved for their efforts and making it such a memorable time for me as your Mayor.”
If you would like to nominate a Felixstowe resident for outstanding community service to the town of Felixstowe details of the Civic Awards for 2019 will be published on the Town Council website in due course. www.felixstowe.gov.uk