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A night of celebration for dedicated community efforts

  • Don't Muck Around and It's Your Neighbourhood Awards

Individuals and groups who go the extra mile in the community have been honoured at an awards ceremony.

Charnwood Borough Council held its Don’t Muck Around and Loughborough in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards at Burleigh Court.

The Don’t Muck Around awards, sponsored by the Council’s waste contractor Serco, recognised the efforts of people and groups who have been helping the environment. The Loughborough in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards was a chance to showcase the achievements of 37 community groups judged by East Midlands in Bloom.

The evening was hosted by Fosse 107’s Mark Rowley.   

Cllr Margaret Smidowicz, the Council’s lead member for regulatory services, enforcement and licensing, said: “We were really impressed with the quality of entries this year for the Don’t Muck Around awards and it was encouraging that so many people came together on the night to celebrate their achievements.

“We are proud of the borough and its residents are too. These awards rightly recognise the efforts people are putting in to ensure Charnwood is a great place to live and visit.”

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough said: “Loughborough in Bloom makes a huge difference to the town and the evening was a wonderful opportunity to thank the people who help make the town a beautiful place, and their passion and enthusiasm is an inspiration.

“I’d just like to say well done and thank you to everyone involved.”

In total 37 groups were recognised for their efforts in the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign and the awards were handed out by Jeff Bates, chair of East Midlands in Bloom.

After 11 years, Jeff and his wife Irene are retiring from their roles with East Midlands in Bloom and both were presented with gifts.

Loughborough in Bloom also gave a special thank you to Andy Rush, editor of the Loughborough Echo, who after eight years as chairman of the Bloom board is stepping down.

Don’t Muck Around awards

Inspiring others

  • Gina Parker and Sue Wilson, Three Close Tenants’ Association (special commendation)
  • LSU Action (winner)
  • SOFA
  • Robert Butler, Sileby Volunteer Flood Warden

Inspiring a younger generation

  • Green Belt Gardeners
  • Loughborough Baptist Church
  • LSU Action
  • Syston Skate Park and BMX Track – Syston Town Council (winner)

Working together

  • Barrow Upon Soar Gardening Club
  • Loughborough Baptist Church (joint winner)
  • Gina Parker and Sue Wilson, Three Close Tenants Association
  • LSU Action
  • Marie Alexander and Carol Simpson, Three Close Tenants’ Association
  • SOFA
  • Robert Butler, Sileby Volunteer Flood Warden
  • Tony Croft, Hathern Parish Council (joint winner)


Sharing good ideas

  • Marie Alexander and Carol Simpson, Three Close Tenants’ Association
  • Tony Croft, Hathern Parish Council
  • The Green Belt Gardeners (winner)
  • SOFA


It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards

The following groups were presented with a certificate indicating a level reached in the scheme:

  1. Emmanuel Church Gardening Team
  2. Peter Le Marchant Trust
  3. Rockingham Road Gardeners
  4. Sacred Heart Church Garden
  5. Stonebow Washlands Group
  6. Thorpe Acre Residents’ Association
  7. Warwick Way Action Group
  8. The Secret Garden
  9. Ashby Road Estates Green Fingers
  10. Abbeyfield Loughborough Society Gardens
  11. Chapman Street Gardeners
  12. Clear Cut Conservation
  13. Freehold Street Bloomers
  14. Garendon Green Gardeners
  15. John Storer Charnwood Allotments
  16. John Storer House Cottage Gardeners
  17. Knightthorpe Methodist Gardeners
  18. Ronald West Court
  19. Forest Road Green Belt Gardeners
  20. Beacon Road Flats Gardeners
  21. Loughborough Lions Club
  22. Shelthorpe Community Association Allotment Project
  23. Glebe House Allotment Project
  24. The Marios Tinenti Centre
  25. Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
  26. Loughborough United Reformed Church
  27. Wolsey Way Gardeners
  28. King Edward Road Gardeners
  29. Sidings Park Residents’ Association
  30. Garden Buddies
  31. Park Court Residents’ Association
  32. Three Close Tenants Association
  33. Loughborough Students Union Landscaping and Gardening Society
  34. Friends of Queen’s Park
  35. Transition Loughborough Community Allotment
  36. Transition Loughborough Community Orchard
  37. Loughborough Baptist Church   
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