THE mayor led the community in recognising the efforts and achievements of local heroes at the 2018 Holywell Town Council Awards.

Cllr Rosetta Dolphin was in attendance at St Peter’s Church in Rosehill, Holywell, to hand out the awards to the respective winners in various categories, ranging from community endeavour to best Christmas windows.

The annual awards aim to recognise people in the community for their selfless acts and contributions to the town.

Cllr Dolphin said: “We have a lot of people who do things in the community, but we obviously can’t reward everybody, so we try to choose those who have been extraordinary.”

Danny Inskip picked up the ‘Central Ward Community Endeavour Award’ for his continued support to those who most needed it after being affected by fire or bereavement.

Despite working as a butcher, Mr Inskip consistently set apart time to raise money for those who needed it through fundraising activities in the area.

The mayor also honoured Glenys Cartlidge with the ‘Greenfield Community Endeavour Award’ for her unrivalled commitment to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research. Ms Cartlidge has raised over £27,000 through the annual fundraising coffee mornings that she has organised and held in the area for over 20 years.

Peter Curtis (East Ward Community Endeavour Award) and Andrew Morris (West Ward Community Endeavour Award) were also celebrated for their contributions to society this year.

Mr Curtis was recognised for his involvement with the British Legion, as well as for his contribution to the WWI commemorative event on Remembrance Sunday. Mr Morris picked up his award for his devoted voluntary service as a scout leader in Holywell for 40 years, supporting generations of children in the area.

The residents of Panton Place were handed the ‘Special Recognition Award’ by Cllr Dolphin for their work in uniting the community.

Rhys Lloyd and Dylan Lovatt picked up the Under 18 awards for Greenfield and Holywell respectively.

Rhys organised several fundraising events, including a fun run which involved the whole school, in order to offer support to charities including Children in Need, Comic Relief, Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research.

Dylan organised a French learners club for younger children in the school. He independently planned resources, led lessons and spread his passion and enthusiasm for the French language across the school.

In the final category, Hughes Parry Solicitors won the ‘Best-Dressed Christmas Window’ award for their festive decorations. The law firm beat competition from The Flower Bowl and Trendy Blinds, who were judged to come second and third, respectively, by the 2017 winners, Emma’s Country Choice.

Cllr Dolphin said: “These awards can end up going to anybody for anything, it’s just for being that extra bit special.”