The winners of this year’s Mayor’s Civic Awards picked up their exclusive glassware at a special charity ball.
Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Hanif paid special tribute to the volunteers, businesses and community leaders at the Mayor’s Ball and Civic Awards last night (Friday March 24).
The awards, in association with A1 Rentals and Pro-tech Pavers, saw the winners presented with handcrafted glass and a certificate in recognition of their work in one of seven categories.
Shaz Saleem, from Dudley, won the coveted Mayor’s award after receiving the most votes in an online poll for his work promoting taxi safety and charity fund raising. Runners-up Rose Cook, Keith Stroyde and the Diyya Project also received a glass award for their hard work.
The Duncan Edwards award for sport, sponsored by Nordic Timber Buildings, went to Andy Pountney, the chairman of Stourbridge Town Football Club for helping to steer the club to landmark victories in the second and third round of the FA Cup. The runner-up prize went to Mark Grazier who runs Hartshill Strollers Walking Football Club.
Lorna Morrison picked up the William Shenston award for environment, sponsored by Jessup Brothers, after impressing judges as chair of the Friends of March Park and Lawyers Field. Don Davies was the runner-up for his work with the Woodsetton Charitable Trust.
The Thomas Attwood award for education, sponsored by The School Travel Company, went to Roger Timmins who has been chairman of governors at the Brier School for 25 years, while Alison Pell picked up the runner-up award as head teacher at Hawbush Primary School.
Sarah Andrews was awarded the Mike Holder award for business, sponsored by Dudley College, after setting up a company to deliver hot meals to the elderly. The runner-up award went to Olutayo Arikawe who provides a pharmacy service from a range of venues including libraries, colleges, churches and supermarkets.
The Cedric Harwicke award for arts, sponsored by GMB Union, went to Jude Moreland who runs In-Sound Company Community Choir after boosting membership from 20 to 80 in just five years. Musician Gurchran Bhujhangy was the runner-up for his mix of music and charity fundraising.
Finally, the Frank Foley award for community spirit, sponsored by Cushillo Personnel, went to Saleh Ali, chairman of the Highfields Tenants and Residents Association, while Vi Wood won the runners-up award for her work supporting the borough’s homeless.
Hundreds of people packed the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill for the annual ball which also helped raise thousands of pounds for the Mayor’s charities.
Money is still coming in but will be split between Friends of Alfie Johnson, Diabetes UK Dudley branch and Dudley CIL.
Councillor Mohammed Hanif, Mayor of Dudley, said:
“It was a real honour and a privilege to be able to meet these amazing people on the night and celebrate the work they do. We have some incredible people who go above and beyond in their communities right across the borough and civic awards is about sharing that work with others.
“It was also great to see so many people at the ball helping to raise money for my chosen charities. They depend on the kindness and generosity of people to help them continue the vital work they do.
“Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a special night.”
Notes to editors
The winners and runners-up in the six categories named after borough greats were chosen by a judging panel including the Mayor and other key figures from around the borough.
The winner of the seventh category, the Mayor’s award, was chosen following two weeks of online public voting.
The three nominees were:
•Rose Cook, a film-maker and ambassador for Black Country tourism who has produced a documentary and charity events celebrating the life of Duncan Edwards.
•Keith Stroyde, who runs an internet café and support group for people in need in Lye.
•The Diyya Project, which provides help and support to tackle isolation amongst women and teenage girls in the borough’s Muslim community.
•Shaz Saleem, a Dudley charity fundraiser and chairman of the Dudley Private Hire & Taxis Association.