Prize night for community group

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A choir from Corby was one of the winners of a prestigious community award.

Corby Deep Roots Tall Trees was one of seven organisations presented with a trophy at the Northamptonshire Community Foundation Awards 2013 ceremony held on Tuesday.

The group, which won the arts, culture and heritage award, was set up in 2012 to encourage a sense of community and promote well-being through singing, and 72 choir members sang a number of specially composed songs at the event to mark the second anniversary of The Core in Corby.

The award was collected by the project’s producer Ros Stoddart.

She said: “We knew we had been nominated and it was a lovely surprise to win.

“Deep Roots Tall Trees has grown from being a project involving internationally famous musician Barb Jungr writing songs about Corby with the help of Corby people into her working with talented musicians in the town to write and arrange songs, into a choir led by Gareth Fuller as well.

“It has grown and grown and it is lovely to see people learning new skills and developing their confidence.

“Other parties are getting involved and the future is looking good.”

The choir has about 30 members whose ages range from 17 to 85, many of whom were complete beginners when they joined.

Ros said: “We meet at 7.30pm every Friday at The Core in Corby and everyone is welcome, we don’t have auditions, you just come along and develop your skills. The project has been a journey for everyone.”

Also presented with a trophy was Corby Sports Forum, which was set up in 1997 to be the voice for local sports clubs in the town.

It has more than 90 members including Adrenaline Alley, Corby Olympic Amateur Boxing Club and Corby Swimming Club, and runs club road shows and events to help its members increase their membership and to promote sport in the borough.

More than 1,000 people attended an open day earlier this year when various sports clubs in the town put on demonstrations to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to take part in sport and physical activity and lead healthier lifestyles as part of the Olympic legacy.

The other winners were The Friend-Leys, of Moulton, Springs Family Centre in Northampton, Friends of Abington Park, Northampton, Northampton-based social enterprise Idid and the Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge.

All the shortlisted groups received funding from the county’s independent grant giving charity Northamptonshire Community Foundation in 2012-13.

The foundation is an independent grant-making charity in the area and gives about £60,000 to voluntary and community groups each year.

All the money it raises is spent in Northamptonshire. The event was sponsored by the University of Northampton.