WREXHAM stars have been recognised at this year's F Jones Initiative Awards Ceremony which took place over the weekend.

The F Jones Initiative was originally established by Wrexham Lager and F Jones Food Service who have been sponsoring the 2023/24 Wrexham Recognition Awards competition over the past 12 months.

The Leader: Proud winners at the F Jones Initiative AwardsProud winners at the F Jones Initiative Awards (Image: F Jones Initiative)

On Saturday, April 6 an awards ceremony was held at Maesgwyn Hall where four overall winners for 2023/24 were selected by judges Sian Lloyd and Humphrey Ker who also hosted the evening.

These primary categories include Wrexham Spotlight Award for Talent, Be Awesome Award for Sustained Fundraising, Make a Difference Award for Community Spirit and Make your Mark Award for Business or Organisation.

The Leader: F Jones Initiative Awards kindly received donated prizes from Wrexham businessesF Jones Initiative Awards kindly received donated prizes from Wrexham businesses (Image: F Jones Initiative)


Remaining awards were determined by the people of Wrexham who voted for their chosen stars, known as the 'Social Media Awards.'

Sharon Roberts, Community Engagement Officer for F J Initiative said: "The social media awards reflect that we live in an ever-changing world, which has seen the internet and social media platforms grow into influential powerful tools.

"In these virtual spaces, the F Jones Initiative’s own virtual community and network, works to shine a positive light on Wrexham."

The Leader: F Jones Initiative winner Amy PritchardF Jones Initiative winner Amy Pritchard (Image: F Jones Initiative)

In total, Sian and Humphrey handed out 30 awards on the night. 

Anyone aged 13 and over who lives in Wrexham can enter and residents can also nominate local people, businesses or organisations each month.

They could have a brilliant talent, be an unsung hero or be doing amazing things in the local community.

The Leader: Wrexham artist and winner Liam Stokes-Massey with LukaWrexham artist and winner Liam Stokes-Massey with Luka (Image: F Jones Initiative)

The F Jones Initiative has also collaborated with many local businesses to provide fantastic prizes on the night.

Lot 11 Cafe, The Bank Wine Bar and the Fat Boar were the first three businesses to share the vision of highlighting amazing people, businesses and organisations in Wrexham and came on board, providing monthly voucher prizes to the winners each month along with a £100 cash prize from the F Jones Food Service.

The Leader: A fantastic evening was had by allA fantastic evening was had by all (Image: F Jones Initiative)

Other businesses have followed and have donated prizes. They include; Jones’s Fish and Chip Shop and Cafe, Rossett Hall Hotel, Wrexham AFC, the Lemon Tree Hotel & Restaurant, the Pant Yr Ochain, Martin Rees Jewellers, Regent House of Flowers, Aria June Events, Vimto, Coca Cola and O & H Metalwork.

The initiative is named after the founder of F Jones Food Service, Fred Jones. 


A local businessman and entrepreneur, Fred ran the family business Jones’s Fish and Chip Shop and Cafe and it was from these premises that Fred founded F Jones Food Services and where the Wrexham Lager Brewery currently resides.

Sharon said: "It really was a fantastic evening, a room full of amazing people, bursting with positivity and Wrexham community spirit, all supporting and cheering for each other."

WINNERS 2023/24 - The four categories chosen by Sian Lloyd and Humphrey Ker

Wrexham Spotlight Award: Thomas Walley

Make a Difference Award: Amy Pritchard

Be Awesome Award: Enid Waterfall

Make your Mark Award: Wrexham Outreach Team

Social Media Spotlight Award Winners

Most Comments: Max Wiecko

Most Likes (Instagram): Kerry Evans

Most Likes (X): Kerry Evans and Liam Stokes-Massey

All other fantastic and worthy winners as nominated by you

Liz Wilson, award-winning baker

The Declan Swans, Wrexham indie band

Bethan Scott, 'an incredible approach to life'

Evrah Rose, street poet and musician

Liam Stokes-Massey, artist

Stephen Jones, Chairman of Wales's largest Disability Rugby League Charity

Samantha Harris, Feast's Food Frenzy Festival manager

Alissa Paddock, student dancer

Michelle Edwards, art and design

Naomi Bailey, outreach worker at Your Space charity

Rich Bedson, Chair of Trustees at Advance Brighter Futures

Paul Conway, Candy and Tibby Trust

Scott Lloyd, former conductor of Wrexham Brass Band

Clare Brown, founder of Lauren Brown Fund

Paul Griffiths, radio presenter at Wrexham's Premier Radio Station

Jessica Whalley, singer

Omonigho Idegun, founder of Wrexham's first African Community

Jack Moulton, founder of teacher podcast Talks with a Teacher

Max Wiecko, Walking for Pleasure founder

Businesses and Organisation Winners

The Rainbow Foundation

Familiarisation Videos

Goch & Co

Wrexham Sing with us Choir

Wrexham Outreach

Wrexham Clothing Exchange

Love Wrexham Magazine

The Drawing Board

Rossett Community Cupboard

Craft Connect Wrecsam

Therapy Stars Foundation

Incredible Edible Wrecsam