Shortlist announced for 2015 Spirit of Corby awards

Last year's Spirit of Corby award winner Jean Devenney

Last year's Spirit of Corby award winner Jean Devenney

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Voting for the 2015 Spirit of Corby awards will open tomorrow after the shortlisted nominations were announced.

The ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday, September 22, offers the people of Corby the chance to say thank you to those who gave back to their communities and contributed to life in the borough.

It amazes me each and every year just how many people in the borough do so much in their communities.

Tom Beattie

The public will have from midday on Wednesday, September 9, to Wednesday, September 16, to cast their votes.

Nominated for the Community Spirit Award, which recognises those who have made the community stronger by reducing crime, are Charlie Anson, The JAM Team and Studfall school.

The Environmental Spirit Award, for those who have protected and improved on environmental attitudes, will be won by Bernard Bretts, the Foxy Woodland Volunteers or the Corby Cruisers.

In the running for the Creative Spirit Award, for those who have developed others in the arts, are Kevin Costello, Graham Sheen and Maureen Gallacher.

Corby Netball Club, Corby Dodgeball Club and Corby Amateur Swimming Club are shortlisted for the Club Spirit Award, given to those who have helped local clubs and societies.

The Educational Spirit Award, for those who have shown commitment to learning, will be won by Raymond Chambers, Carole Walton or Youthie.

Nominated for the Young Spirit of Corby Award, for residents under 25 who have made a community contribution, are Liam Duncan, Sean Spooner and joint-nomination Charlie Botting and Vicki-Louise Sherwin.

The overall Spirit of Corby Award will be chosen from winners on the night.

Corby Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie said: “As always this year it has been such a difficult task trying to shortlist the nominees in each of the categories, we wish we could put everyone through.

“It amazes me each and every year just how many people in the borough do so much in their communities, not for recognition but simply because they want to make a difference.

“Corby is a place full of generous and community minded people and the Spirit of Corby Awards are proof of just how true this really is.

“Thank you to everyone that nominated, now please get behind the shortlisters and make your votes count.”

To vote, fill in an e-form at www.corby.gov.uk or visit the front desk of the Corby Cube on George Street.

If you would like to attend and cheer on the nominees from the balcony area please contact Corby Council’s communications office for free tickets to the event on 01536 464020 or email megan.gourlay@corby.gov.uk.

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