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ENC Chairman’s Champions Awards

Cllr Helen Howell, in her role as Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, launched an awards scheme in August 2020 to celebrate the local people, groups and organisations across the district who have gone above and beyond in their local communities.

Nominations closed in December 2020 and the recipients have now been decided for each category.



Nominated for…

Cafe@25, Irthlingborough

Providing and delivering food to those who were shielding during the pandemic.

The Woodpecker, Raunds

Providing and delivering hot meals for the elderly and vulnerable during lockdown.

Community Organiser


Nominated for…

Rob Giddings

Supporting the village of Kings Cliffe by being the administrator of the Kings Cliffe Community page, volunteering to cut the village grass and organising the Kings Cliffe Fireworks and Cliffe-mas lights.

Anne Gilbert

Chief co-ordinator and organiser of Thrapston Community Library and its volunteers enabling the town to maintain a library.

Linda Gretton

Initiator, organiser, promoter, host and tidier upper for the range of activities put on for the benefit of the residents of the villages of Deene and Deenethorpe.

Mike Herring

Leader of the ‘Kings Cliffe Old Blokes Club’ by organising activities for the elderly gentlemen of Kings Cliffe and the surrounding villages.

Camilla Sherwin

Providing guidance, events and support to improve the sustainability of Oundle both for businesses and individuals.

Charles Tomalin

Instigator of all things Wildplaces across Kings Cliffe and the surrounding villages enabling greater access to nature for the community.

Good Neighbour


Nominated for…

Colin Godfrey

Supported his elderly neighbours during the pandemic.

Helping in the Community


Nominated for…

Cathryn Brightwell

Has contributed to the education and well-being of children in Raunds for 30 years.

Tarot Crick

Working with Scrubs Up for Northants to sew scrub sets for the NHS and Care Homes during the pandemic.

Richard Lattimore

Being a stalwart for the village of Kings Cliffe by supporting Kings Cliffe Active, The Club, the Endowed Primary School and the Football Club.

Florence Muzvaba

Supporting her local community including home visits to help people feel less lonely.

Cheryl Tompkins

Supporting the people of Rushden particularly with the Food Bank and Heritage Chapel.

Joanne Vissian

Helping the community in Rushden.

John Wooding

Keeping his shop open throughout the Covid period to support the local community.

Voluntary Group


Nominated for…

1st Raunds Scout Group

The leaders carried on with Zoom meetings for all young people when they were unable to meet face to face. Organised a Camp at Home weekend, including cook-alongs and delivery of a whole activity pack for each child.

East Northants First Responders

A group of volunteers who support the emergency services by completing the essential patient assessment and begin treatment in emergency calls.

Raunds and Thrapston Area Volunteers

Volunteers who are able to assist the more vulnerable in Raunds, Thrapston and surrounding areas during the Covid-19 pandemic.


A small team of 5 individuals who did amazing work in Titchmarsh during lockdown, including picking up prescriptions, organising shopping deliveries and supporting those who were self isolating.



Nominated for…

Damion Stiles

Helping to develop the young people of Higham Ferrers with football including coaching and starting Discovery Sessions for children with less ability or who may have a disability.

Katie Sorrell

Is the leader for the 1st Higham Rainbows Group (girls aged 5-7). Has held meetings on Zoom for the group during lockdown, even during the school holidays when there wouldn’t have been meetings.

Young Person


Nominated for…

Lily & Maisie Howe

Worked to raise money for the Animals in Need Charity at Little Irchester, especially during the last year when it has been difficult for charities to fundraise.