Local stars shine bright at Westbury Young People’s Awards

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YOUNG PEOPLE and groups in Westbury were recognized and celebrated for their achievements at the recent Youth Awards, organized by Westbury Area Council and Matravers School, where the event took place.

All nominees for the Westbury Young People’s Awards were invited to the awards night on May 11, creating an exciting atmosphere as young people, parents and sponsors awaited the results of the winners.

Nominees received a certificate from Westbury and Warminster Community Engagement Manager Graeme Morrison, who hosted the evening. Each sponsor then revealed the winner and presented them with a trophy. The winners were:

• Young Volunteer Award; Lucas Wint for completing several running challenges and raising thousands of pounds for cancer research. (Award sponsored by White Horse News).

• Young Director Award; Timothy Lee for becoming national champion of the “Brain Bee” neuroscience competition and representing the UK at an international event. (Sponsored by Hills).

• Prize for the young artistic group; the cast and crew of Bugsy Malone, Matravers School, for their “polished and impressive” play. (Sponsored by Hire Standards).

• Individual prize for young artists; Amelia Davis for her role at ALW Dance where she helps teach younger classes and builds student confidence.

• Prize for the young sports team; Dilton Rovers Youth FC U13 team for winning the Trowbridge Tournament, reaching the quarter-finals of the Corsham Tournament and finishing second in the Wiltshire FC Tournament. (Sponsored by Martin & Co).

• Individual prize for young athletes; Lily Morris for captaining a number of sports teams at Matravers School and attending every club offered by the physical education department.

• Young local Covid-19 hero; Brad Moore for selflessly buying and delivering groceries for an elderly resident for over six months, as well as assisting with food bank and vaccination center deliveries. (Sponsored by Tarmac).

• School Council Award; co-winners from Fairfield Farm College Student Council and Westbury Leigh Primary School Council. Fairfield Farm College has been recognized for its many fundraising events, as well as its work with Westbury City Council on the ‘Wonderful Cinema’. Westbury Leigh Primary School Council has been recognized for its work to improve play times and the introduction of ‘brain breaks’, as well as for distributing equipment which has improved children’s hand/eye coordination, competitiveness , their communication and their leadership within each class.

• Young Leader/Community Spirit Award; Ann Daw for her philanthropic work over the past two years to supply the local food bank with food and treats. Ann has set up donation points around Fairfield Farm College and the farm store, asking people to donate in both December 2019 and December 2020. (Sponsored by Connect Mortgages).

• Special Prize of the Regional Council; Sophie Thomas for her performance at the West Wiltshire Schools Dance Festival at the Bath Forum, in front of a large audience and 24 other school dance groups. (Sponsored by the Westbury Community Area Board).

Westbury Community Area Board Chair, cllr Suzanne Wickham, said: “We are always delighted to host the Westbury Young People Awards in partnership with Matravers School, but that was especially true this year as it was the first time we could organize the event since 2019 due to the Covid-19. The evening did not disappoint and I would like to congratulate all the winners. It was amazing to be on the judging panel and read all the brilliant nominations, honestly we could have given trophies to all of them.

“Young people are sometimes portrayed in a negative light, especially on social media, but this event gives us a fabulous opportunity to recognize their outstanding achievements and contributions to our community. I can’t wait for next year!”

Lindsay Elkins, student council officer at Fairfield Farm College, spoke about the college receiving two awards. She said: “For the past three years I have had the pleasure of working with and supporting the student council. They brought to life the thoughts and ideas of the college community. A big congratulations to Josh, Lucy, Brook, Kyle and Elliott for their well deserved victory.

“Another award was won by Ann, who received the mention “young leader and community spirit”. Over the past three years, Ann has worked tirelessly with the student council and led her peers to collect countless boxes of food and essential items for the local Westbury Food Bank. Her compassion and generosity towards others is incredible, even thinking of others at Christmas and Easter, saying “everyone deserves a little chocolate!”

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