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Unsung community heroes recognised at annual town awards

PUBLISHED: 16:49 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:51 15 March 2019

Cromer mayor David Pritchard with Tony Shipp and Hilary Cox, who were presented with commendations at the annual town honours awards.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Cromer mayor David Pritchard with Tony Shipp and Hilary Cox, who were presented with commendations at the annual town honours awards. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

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Cromer has celebrated the efforts of a band of unsung heroes working for local good causes ranging from children’s groups, to hospital patients, at the town council’s annual honours awards.

Cromer honours recipient Simon Clipsom with his father Keith and wife Caroline at the annual awards evening.Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMICromer honours recipient Simon Clipsom with his father Keith and wife Caroline at the annual awards evening.Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

At a presentation evening held at Cromer parish hall, framed certificates were handed out to seven groups and individuals making a difference to their community, with carnival stalwart Tony Shipp MBE and councillor and charity fundraiser Hilary Cox MBE presented with special commendations.

Cromer mayor David Pritchard said he took great pleasure in presenting the awards.

Cromer churchwarden Alison Orsbourne, who was presented with an award at the annual town honours.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMICromer churchwarden Alison Orsbourne, who was presented with an award at the annual town honours. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

He added: “Although what they do isn’t always recognised, the people who are nominated are always very deserving, so this is a public way of acknowledging what they do for the community.”

Award winners, who were nominated by members of the public, were:

Cromer Honours Awards, which recognises the town's unsung heroes.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMICromer Honours Awards, which recognises the town's unsung heroes. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Simon Clipsom; who has raised more than £300,000 through his work as community champion at Morrisons supermarket, in Cromer Road. A keen church-goer, Mr Clipsom also drives a minibus for the Canaan Christian Centre, Sheringham, and has helped build carnival floats for Cromer Parish Church.

Alison Orsbourne: As churchwarden at Cromer Parish Church, Ms Orsborne has worked tirelessly to foster good relationships with the community and to promote opportunities for the church, the town and residents to work together.

RNLI stalwarts Tony and Peggy Webster, who were presented with awards for their work for Cromer RNLI at the annual town honours.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMIRNLI stalwarts Tony and Peggy Webster, who were presented with awards for their work for Cromer RNLI at the annual town honours. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Nigel and Valerie McCampling: The couple look after the gardens at North Lodge Park, with Mrs McCampling baking cakes for the park café.

Daphne Smith: As well as running a pop-up shop and knitting toys to raise cash for the Friends of Cromer Hospital, Mrs Smith is a former Meals on Wheels volunteer, ran activities for a group of young adults with learning disabilities and organised an annual golf tournament in aid of Mencap.

Cromer honours recipient Hilary Cox with town crier Jason Bell.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMICromer honours recipient Hilary Cox with town crier Jason Bell. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Jenna Bedwell: In spite of battling her own health problems, Mrs Bedwell has worked tirelessly as chairman of Cromer Town FC.

Tony and Peggy Webster: The couple supported the town’s lifeboats for more than 30 years before retiring earlier this year, with Mr Webster serving as chairman of Cromer RNLI and Mrs Webster spending many years as the chairman of Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

Nigel McCampling, who with his wife Valeria, looks after the gardens at North Lodge Park.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMINigel McCampling, who with his wife Valeria, looks after the gardens at North Lodge Park. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Janet Dickenson and her team at Cromer Hospital: As senior sister at the hospital’s dialysis unit, Ms Dickinson arranges trips out and weekend breaks for 50 kidney patients who would not otherwise be able to spend time away from home.

Cromer nurse Janet Dickinson and hospital fundraiser Daphne Smith with their awards.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMICromer nurse Janet Dickinson and hospital fundraiser Daphne Smith with their awards. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Cromer Football Club chairman Jenna Bedwell with her award.
Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMICromer Football Club chairman Jenna Bedwell with her award. Photo: ANDREAS YIASIMI

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