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The Newchurch Award for 2018

The award in 2018 was presented to Mrs Pam Baxter for many reasons, mainly linked to her fantastic fundraising skills. For many years Mrs Baxter has been hugely involved with Newchurch Church by organising garden parties and coffee mornings which raised enough money for new heating in the church, lighting, the toilet facilities to be installed and the new pathway leading to the church. Alongside this, Mrs Baxter also spent many years as a very proactive Warden for the church.

​Over the last few years, Mrs Baxter has expanded her fundraising to Newchurch Village Hall via regular coffee mornings held in the Social Club on Saturday mornings. These funds have also been very welcome as they have helped pay for the new fire door and the new floors in the toilets. ​

It is noticed that when there is a special village event Mrs Baxter is more than likely behind the super refreshments being provided.


g_apps_and_a_cragg_2017_winners-sm.jpgThe Newchurch Award for 2017

The Newchurch Award was presented to Gillian Apps who does a lot for the village, mostly carried out 'under the radar'.  She spends time making sure everything is tip top for others and spends hours and hours dealing with the village hall and social club.  She organised new windows, doors and floors and also painted the walls for the hall.  She has been heavily involved in the Panto both acting on stage, guiding the young dancers and painting the odd bit of scenery.  She also dedicated a day a week helping to run the toddler group, until its closure.  All this while being a dedicated mother, grandmother and wife.  Well done and Thank You Gillian.

Special Award

This year the 'special award' was also presented.  This has only been presented on a few previous occasions, usually for the dedication and drive for a specific project.  This year the special award goes to Andrew Cragg, who was the lead organiser for the unveiling of the ALG memorial.  This event brought people of all ages together and left us with a memorial that is a constant reminder of Newchurch Village's place in history. With the help of Kevin Goldlington we even managed to get our own parachute display by the RAF Falcons. The whole event went without a hitch and a great time was had by all. So, a well-deserved winner of this special award.

newchurch_person_award_2017-sm.jpgThe 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 task 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 pantomine; 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 iin everything he takes part in.  Thank you Bruce and well deserved.


paulprentice2016-sm.jpgThe Newchurch Award for 2015

This was won by Paul Prentice for his work backsage on panto scenery and prop making for the pantomine, his willingness to take part in village events, his key role in the Queens Jubilee Celebrations and for always helping out neighbours and at the social club.




dpeebles-sm.jpgThe Newchurch Award for 2014

This was won by Denis Peebles for his work backstage on props and painting for the pantomine, his efforts to keep the village pond area trimmed and tidy and various maintenance projects in the Church.




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