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Newchurch 2000 Award Scheme

The Newchurch 2000 Award Scheme was instigated by the late Libby Baxter to mark the arrival of the Millennium within our parish.


The Newchurch Award for 2016

The Village Award was presented to Bruce Waitson for his outstanding contribution to village life.  He is the current chair and long time supporter of the social club committee; he sits on the Village Hall committee and is a member of the website steering group and is always ready to help organise and participate in village events and activities as well as carry out many small jobs and tasks that generally go unnoticed but are vital to the smooth running of the village.  Bruce plays a pivotal role both on and off stage in the pantomime; he is responsible for the fabulous scenery and helps to devise many of the props and infrastructure of the stage.  Bruce is a natural leader but is equally happy to be part of a team; he is helpful and kind and is a positive force in everything he takes part in.  Thank you Bruce and well deserved.



The Scheme has two objectives:newchurchawardsboard-sm.jpg

  1. To annually mark and reward a resident of the parish who has, through their own time, effort and skills, made a significant contribution over a number of years, to the life and facilities of our community. It is no surprise that winners are often drawn from the Parish Council, the PCC, the Village Hall and Social Club committees along with the many other Village organisations.

  2. To provide grants available to assist worthy causes and projects within our community which are a benefit to all. We have a great communal spirit in our sparsely populated parish and this scheme recognises and fosters that spirit.
    Click here to download a grant application form

Click here to see previous recipients of the Newchurch Award

How is it operated?

Every year in December a small committee of past winners, currently chaired by Helen Langrish, consider nominated candidates and elect a winner for the past year.

There is a small monetary award and the winners name is added to the Honours Board in the Village Hall Community Room.

Anyone can make a nomination by emailing nominations@newchurchvillage.org.

How is it funded? - The Safari Supper Click here for more information

Libby Baxter

The Newchurch 2000 Award Scheme is one of several projects instigated by Libby Baxter, herself a great contributor to our community.

Other projects that she is instigated at the time of the Millennium were:

The Millennium Name plaques

One was made for every house in the village and you may notice these green personalised ‘2000` name plaques on many of the houses.

The Spinney

At the junction of Newchurch Lane with the Bilsington road, a quiet place to sit or walk the dog, planted with natural tree species.