Community Champion Awards

Award Ceremony at Sheffield Cathedral.

After nominating Jennifer Oxley,  (Resident of the Year 2017), for The Neighbourhood Community Champion Award, we are pleased to announce that Jen was highly commended at last night’s award ceremony. We all know how much Jen does for our village and how huge areas have been transformed into beautiful gardens after being an eyesore for many years.

There were 300 nominations from all over South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire for the 8 categories. These had been judged and 24 finalists picked. Jen was chosen as one of the top 3 in her category alongside a gentlemen who  is doing some fantastic work in Stainforth, enabling the library to continue for residents as well as other voluntary work – The winner was a lady from Sheffield who had been tackling knife crime amongst youngsters.

Jen, her sister Sandra and I had a very special evening at the ceremony which was held in the prestigious Sheffield Cathedral. The setting was spectacular and the whole evening was rather humbling, considering  the different categories and how the nominees had worked do hard, selflessly, for the benefit of their communities.

Community Spirit is alive and well!


UCI Cycling event travelling through Edenthorpe

Friday 27th September

Well what an exciting day for our village, we had the junior women’s race in the morning then the male U23 passing through early afternoon. The atmosphere was brilliant, lots of residents, local schools lined the route, cheering the cyclists through the village.

Houses and businesses were decorated along the route, thanks to the kind donations from Doncaster MBC. If anyone would like to donate the bunting, flags, bikes back we would be extremely grateful. They can then be used for future events.

Please see letter below, received from Darren Simpson (DMBC)

Hi All,

Now the dust has just about settled from Friday, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who I have been in contact with.

Many of you delivered events, decorated your areas/ Businesses, promoted the event and much more which ensured Doncaster once again stood out as getting in the spirit for this massive international Sporting event.

Feedback form those involved in the planning including UCI, British Cycling, Sport England and Welcome to Yorkshire has been extremely positive highlighting our approach to engaging communities and schools as best practise and in particular our approach to rider sign on at the start, now setting the bench mark for all other cycling events. Despite the weather I am sure those riders who set out from Doncaster will have fond memories of their ride across the Borough that will hopefully live with them for a long time.

Though I wasn’t on the ground during the day, I was watching from the Control Room as the riders went through each area and was proud of all the work that had gone into your Communities. We also received glowing feedback from our stewards in the areas who advised that they were all made to feel welcome and enjoyed being part of the festivities.

We all hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. Please ensure you watch the races on BBC IPlayer if you haven’t already done so.

Keep an eye out on our website over the next few weeks as it will soon change from an information portal to a legacy site showing how great Doncaster was throughout the day.

We will soon be in touch with you all to see if you are happy to donate back to us any painted bikes / Bunting / Flags etc as we will ensure they are distributed to other Communities in future events.

Thanks again and hopefully our paths will cross again in the near future.

Kind regards

Darren Simpson
Leisure Service Contract and Event Officer
Leisure Services
Doncaster Council

Phone: 01302 737721
Internal: 37721
Mobile: 07825843133
Address: Floor Three, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

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