Big Thank You: the nominations

St Martins pupils prepare for the Big Thank You awards . Picture Richard ponter 131307
St Martins pupils prepare for the Big Thank You awards . Picture Richard ponter 131307
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Community champions of the borough are set to get the recognition they deserve at a special awards ceremony in their honour.

Scores of people from across the area have taken up the opportunity to put forward their local heroes in the Borough’s Big Thank You Awards.

The scheme, run by the Mayor of the Borough, with The Scarborough News, Filey and Hunmanby Mercury and Whitby Gazette, aims to shine a light on the good deeds of individuals and groups whose kindness, generosity, selflessness and dedication benefits others.

The Borough’s most deserving adults and youngsters are now gearing up for the awards night at Scarborough Spa on April 11, where each nominee will receive a certificate, with awards presented for outstanding achievement in each category.

Mayor of the Borough cllr Helen Mallory, who formed the judging committee, along with representatives from the council and The Scarborough News, said: “There are so many adults and youngsters across the borough whose voluntary feats makes such a difference and it’s an honour to reward them,” said Cllr Mallory.

This year the eight nomination categories are: Nomination by Teachers, Good Neighbour, Courage over Adversity, Creative Efforts, Care and Support in the Community, Charitable Fundraising, Heritage and Environment, and Uniformed Youth Groups.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony next week.

Don’t miss the full results and event night coverage from the Spa online at and in the paper on April 18.

Details of every nominee and the many deserving acts they have carried out are featured below.

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130622a   Arthur Lowery, of Southgate, Crossgates, nominated as a Good Neighbour for this years Big Thank You Awards, in which he was runner up last in 2012.   Photo by Andrew Higgins 07/02/2013

130622a Arthur Lowery, of Southgate, Crossgates, nominated as a Good Neighbour for this years Big Thank You Awards, in which he was runner up last in 2012. Photo by Andrew Higgins 07/02/2013


The Creative Efforts category recognises those who contribute to the Borough’s culture and history.

The following entries were received:

Kevin O’Connor by Kathleen O’Reilly: “He has contributed to the community for over 25 years. He puts time and effort into his fantastic dance school.”

Submitted Guides and Brownies Swimming Gala'Gala organiser Linda Davison was presented with a bouquet of flowers.'Submitted

Submitted Guides and Brownies Swimming Gala'Gala organiser Linda Davison was presented with a bouquet of flowers.'Submitted

Tony Richards by James Preston for “giving 50 years of musical pleasure to many organisations and communities.

“He has raised more than £60,000 for good causes.”

Julie Nockels and Joanne Hall by Steve Marsh: “They produce a show each year which provides fantastic entertainment for audiences and valuable performing opportunities for people of all ages, as well as raising thousands of pounds for the YMCA.”

The YMCA Front of House Team Volunteers by Steve Marsh, without them “the YMCA simply would not be able to function.”

Steve Staveley by Jonathan Wanless, for his involvement in the Scarborough District Primary Schools’ Indoor Athletics: “An event of this quality and size requires many adults and hours of preparation but ultimately one person makes it happen.”

Young People of the Street by Janet Jefferson, for their involvement in the new youth and community facility: “They brought together the concept of the building, made the initial grant application and found a sustainable partner, from this the design and build concept took off.”

Filey Sea Cadets Fun Day...'PO Cadet Kirsty Price (front) pictured with the other cadets who took part in the fun day.'113486. Pic Kevin Allen.'28/08/11.

Filey Sea Cadets Fun Day...'PO Cadet Kirsty Price (front) pictured with the other cadets who took part in the fun day.'113486. Pic Kevin Allen.'28/08/11.

St Augustine’s Jazz Orchestra and Chamber Choir were both nominated by school musical director Oliver Barron for “commitment to every given occasion and rehearsing, for never missing rehearsals and quality of performing.”

The Jazz Orchestra is National Standard while the choir has taken on renowned works including Vivaldi’s Gloria.


The Heritage and Environment category has attracted entries for people who go the extra mile to look after areas in their community.

The following nominations have been received:

Mark Vesey by Faith Young: “He inspires loyalty and dedication and in turn, gives so much to helping Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre uphold our wonderful seafaring heritage for generations to come.”

Town crier Alan Booth MBE by Colin Charles. Alan came up with the idea for the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square group and “He has been instrumental in bringing improvements about.”

Kat Duck By Rowena Marsden: “Her creative contributions to the artistic planning and organising - of Scarborough Armed Forces Day since 2009 and Whitby Railway in Wartime since 2011 – has ensured the events are visually attractive and vibrant.”

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre by Faith Young: “The centre has had an excellent year, with successful exhibitions, fundraising, archive work, research and much more.”

Peasholm Park Friends by Terence Sayers. He said: “They work very hard to ensure continuance of this wonderful park for all to enjoy.”


The category recognises people who give their time willingly to care for others.

Angela Lawson of North Marine Road is put forward for the honour by Una Beaumont who said: “Whenever I have been sick she is always there to help.

Danielle Howarth was also nominated by Una. “Danielle moved to Trafalgar Square and immediately committed to our neighbourhood group RAFTS.

“She is always helping out whatever the reason and has become a key member in making our area a great area to live in.”

Bernard Gofton of Brooklands, Filey is nominated for helping Julie Viles after she suffered a stroke last year.

She said: “Bernard was the first person to come (non-family) on my return from hospital, to see if my husband needed help with shopping or taking me to hospital.

“Since then he has tended my garden . He did it quietly and I rarely actually saw him.

“He also keeps the garden at St John’s Church in order, helps Filey In Bloom and does charity work for Macmillan nurses.”

Jonathan Gaunt of High Garth, Eastfield was nominated by Carole Gerada who said: “ He has worked tirelessly to ensure the environment where he and his neighbours live is the best.

“He works as a volunteer and receives no reward or recognition.”

Ann Ward of Trafalgar Square is nominated by Colin Charles for her efforts in looking after an elderly neighbour.

He added: “Ann has her own family and job, but has still found time to look in on her neighbour.

“The neighbour has now had to go into a nursing home, but Ann took it upon herself to sort out her belongings and to make sure her move ran smoothly.”

Arthur Lowery of Southgate is in the running for his efforts to help Mrs Boyes.

“He puts mine and my neighbours’ bins out every week,” she said. “In winter he clears the drives when it has been snowing, in summer he cuts the lawns and does any other job you ask him to do.”


This category attracted entries from dedicated people across the borough.

Michael and Kirsty Colbeck of the 5th Scarborough group are nominated by Paula Alexander. “My son attends their boy’s brigade group and has benefitted from the extraordinary effort they put into providing a safe, fun, structured environment for young boys.”

Colin Grayson was nominated by Janet Wilson. “Colin has been a valid member of Girl Guiding since 1998. Nothing is too much trouble for him, as well as the book keeping he takes part in all the Division events. And many a Unit Guider has been grateful for his assistance.”

Janice Patrick is nominated by Petra Jackson: “Janice has over 30 years’ service as a Guide leader. She runs the Guide Unit based at Woodlands School, working with special needs girls.

“She is an exceptional leader and has always gone the extra mile to ensure her Guides can participate fully in all activities.”

Elizabeth Lowe was also nominated by Petra Jackson. She said: “Despite serious ill health, Liz has continued to run a successful and active Brownie Unit, and as a district commissioner, is responsible for managing an area covering 10-12 Rainbow, Brownie and Guide Units. Having been a Guider for over 30 years, Sue has given exceptional service.”

Linda Davison is put forward for the honour by Janet Wilson. She said: “Apart from being a Guide and Brownie Leader for more than 30 years Linda held many other posts in Girl Guiding and for the last 12 years she has organised the annual Scarborough West Division Swimming Gala.”

Filey Sea Cadets were nominated by Colin Haddington: “They performed a silent vigil outside the Memorial Gardens in Filey on November 11, 2012. For hour on hour, four cadets stand to attention with their heads bowed to remember and honour our fallen heroes.”


Inspirational individuals and even a four-legged friend are all honoured for their courage in defying circumstances.

Jude Knight was nominated by Anne Phillips: “I would like to nominate Jude Knight of Aelfleda Terrace, after having to vacate her home for 26 years due to a landslide.

“Can you imagine the trauma of having to vacate your precious home in five minutes just a few weeks before Christmas? The sadness of being deprived of the roof top view of dear old Whitby, yet being eternally grateful that no one lost their lives or were injured.”

Spencer Kelly, 8, of Newby was nominated by friend Hamish Adams.

He said: “Spencer, despite being partially sighted, plays full contact rugby at Scarborough RUFC (under 9s/10s).

“Spencer is an awesome rugby player. We couldn’t play as well without Spence even though he can’t see as well. He is really brave, especially in the scrum, he plays hooker.

“I am really happy to be his friend, he’s a good rugby player and we couldn’t do without him.”

Yorkshire Terrier Jack ‘Spratt’ is nominated by owner Colin Charles. He said: “Despite receiving life-threatening wounds in a savage attack, Jack still loves to play with other dogs.

“I realised how well liked he is by other people when he received several get well cards and presents. Jack is repaying this kindness by visiting an elderly neighbour who is too old to look after a dog but still enjoys their company.”


The following nominations were received for exceptional fundraising feats for a host of worthy causes.

Tony Burnard by Kerry Bell: “He’s always raising money for local charities. He has a heart of gold and always puts others before himself. A perfect gentlemen.”

Bonnie Purchon MBE by Colin Charles: “Bonnie helps to raise funds for local charities. These include the Mayoress’ Community Fund and The Blind and Partially Sighted. You will find Bonnie at the door of many a function selling raffle tickets for various charities.”

Sue Beckton and Allison Blenkinsop of Goathland by Stuart and Diane Bulman: “For their outstanding achievements and commitment in raising £33,000 so far for charities.

“In 2002 Sue and Ali started with the help of the village donating baking, bric a brac, raffles, tombolas, book and toy stalls in aid of St Mary’s Church from their garden.

“The annual event was so successful that from 2005 they increased it to twice yearly to broaden the distribution to a wider range of charities.”

Amelia Scholey by Sharon Oakley: “Amelia raised £17,000 in one year for the British Heart Foundation and Live Life Then Give Life, to promote organ donation and celebrate the 10th anniversary of her heart transplant.

“British Heart Foundation can only continue its life-saving and life-changing work thanks to money raised by supporters like Amelia.”

Shaun Tymon by Laura Anderson: “Shaun ran 1,000 miles in 2012 to raise money for Ellie’s Fund. He ran charity races such as the London Marathon and Great North Run, resulting in almost £1,500 being raised.”

Alan Bruce by Steve Marsh: “Alan has supported the Scarborough YMCA for many years – helping in our theatre, serving on our board of management and as chair of the Friends of Scarborough YMCA. As well as helping other local organisations,

Alan has played an instrumental role in raising over £3,000 for the YMCA in the last year alone.”

Anthony Sleightholme was nominated by Joseph Coates. He said: “I am chairman of voluntary group, Scarborough pregnancy crisis, which has been offering its service to the community for 16 years. In recent years we have been very grateful for Anthony and his wife Doreen for their faithful fundraising for us, saving coins to provide us with extra funds to help those we help.”

Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust by Gemma Flood: “Heather Othick and the team have raised tens of thousands of pounds for this cause, but it would not have been possible if it weren’t for Ellie herself who raised over £25,000 for research and support before her passing away. A truly amazing charity.”

Leah May Hunter by Cecilia Hunter: “Leah has been fundraising for over five years. As soon as she finishes one event she is thinking of who she can help next.

“Numerous charities have benefited from Leah’s sporting efforts including Rhodes Syndrome research. She is also a volunteer for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Adam Booth by Graham Booth: “As part of his £5 school challenge Adam invested in car cleaning products and washed over 50 cars, before and after school and weekends, raising money for a the Salvation Army Food Bank and Christmas Meal and the school charity.”

Doreen Sleightholme by Anthony Sleightholme: “For all the work and fundraising she does for the PDSA, including tombolas.”

Scarborough Friends of Martin House by Alison Wragg: “The commitment demonstrated by the Scarborough Friends of Martin House is remarkable.

“Since the first group first started, the volunteer fundraisers have raised approximately £100,000 and significantly increased local awareness across the Yorkshire coast and moors region, of the services provided by the hospice.”


The following nominations were received for inspirational and selfless deeds in the community:

Audrey Cooke by Anne Phillip: “For the wonderful programme they arrange for indoor meetings and outdoor excursions to stately homes, concerts and theatres. Audrey and the committee attend many meetings and campaign the plight of the older person.”

Stephen Garbutt by Catherine Cussons: “Stephen had a vision of the two villages of Ayton putting together a joint Jubilee events weekend. He formed a committee and as our Jubilee Chairman and a handful of helpers, he pulled off a fantastic weekend of events.”

Colin Galway is a popular figure in Filey. One of several nominators, June Holmes, said: “Colin goes out of his way to help his passengers. Most are old or infirm. He checks if they are alright if he doesn’t see them. He picks up prescriptions or milk. He listens to their problems, cares and jokes with them. Filey people love Colin.”

Dr Mary Jones by David Jeffels: “Mary has been a great stalwart of village life in Brompton by Sawdon for many years. As chairman of the village hall, she has led the recent restoration of the hall. Mary is an active leader of local organisations including the parish church, gardening club, charity worker, school. Every community should have a ‘Mary Jones’!”

Joe Jefferson of Ugthorpe by Mr Barrett: “Joe is chairman of the parish council, he is a church warden, our unofficial village caretaker, always ready to help.”

Mandy-Jayne Lace and Yell SOS received a host of nomination from supporters. James Noble said: “Without the support from herself and the team, the hopes for my future would add up to little. Mandy and her team help many people and changes lives. People who have no hope gain it from Mandy.”

Alex and Sue Pinchon were nominated by Margaret Byrne and Mrs Beardsley for commitment to: “InBloom, Incredible Edibles, young people in Eastfield, and a Saturday club for Osgodby youngsters. They taught children to read in Overdale School and started a school gardening club. They have raised thousands of pounds for the school and now they do the same for St George’s. Having had a stroke this year, ‘Mr P’ still keeps going at the age of 76.”

Janet Lord by Kate Mickley: “Janet helps run the weekly pop-in group with members from the age of 55-92. Janet’s been there for me when I’ve needed her, along with many other people. She also visits the elderly in the community.”

Grace Holmes by Shirley Carey: “Grace is chairperson of the Caps Group in our area. She has a smashing way of putting questions over to the police etc. We need groups like this.”

Una Beaumont by Shirley Carey: “Una is a great asset to the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square. She is always helping with all the arrangements for our events, no matter what. This is no mean feat.”

Maggs Thompson by Shirley Carey: “Maggs has worked very hard in the gardens in Trafalgar Square. She puts us all on the right path.”

David Tate of Sleights by J Preston: “He has contributed tirelessly to many parish and community issues. Planning issues, IT development and interest in local sports clubs are all part of his skills. Long may it continue.”

Enid Plevey by Seamer Parish Council: “Enid gives her time willingly . She is honorary of the Seamer Memorial Hall Committee, President of Seamer and Irton WI and has been a school governor and past member of the Millennium Committee.”

Keith Gilpin received many nominations from fellow Whitby residents. Angela Walton said: “Keith is a street cleaner , well known locally as someone you can rely on to help out in many ways. He always has a cheery word, making the town feel friendly for resident and visitors alike.”

Anne Morley by David Sutcliffe: “Anne is a retired teacher and devotes much of her time helping others and working for charity. She is a trustee and fundraiser for the Rainbow Centre, president of Scalby and Newby WI, regional representative for the St John Ambulance Fellowship, clerk to the governors JKT and SUSF charity, pastoral carer for St Mary’s Church, on steering committee for Friarage Children’s Centre.”

Pam Caton by Debbie Kay: “Pam helps in the fundraising department at Saint Catherine’s Hospice and is truly an inspiration, she just never stops. She gives time to a lot of groups, some being: Barrowcliff Community Group which supports young mums, Surestart Monday Luncheon Club, Friends of Raincliffe Wood, Fairtrade. Pam and her husband used to be house parents at the ex Throxenby Hall School for Boys - they helped to turn many troubled young men’s lives around.”

Linda Harper by Roland Wood: “Linda heads Peasholm Park Friends Committee. Her enthusiasm and devotion to duty motivates others. Her fundraising for park events helps local, particularly youngsters, have pride in this wonderful facility.”

Trish Kinsella by Edwina Clarke: “Trish will go to any length to make sure that users of the Rainbow Centre receive the best care and support possible. She is an inspirational lady, instilling hope in so many.”

Eric Preston by June Roberts: “Eric is correspondent for the Whitby Gazette for Sleights, been chairman of the parish council, is president of Sleights Show, runs wild flower classes etc. He has always been there to help others.”

Eileen Rowe by Shirley Carey: “Eileen has been secretary for the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square since it was formed, seven years ago. She is an enthusiastic member at all events, working tirelessly for the benefit of others.”

Sarah Skidmore by Karen Redway: “Sarah has been a lifeline for me at a great time of need. There are no boundaries as to where her work ends. She is a pillar of the community in Whitby working for MIND, providing essential care and support to all, putting others before herself.”

Martin Whelan by Una Beaumont: “Martin organises the Fair in the Square every year and the Christmas Carols - for the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square. His support to the group is priceless.”

Shirley Carey by Una Beaumont: “She is dedicated to gardening in Trafalgar Square every Monday morning, making it look absolutely beautiful. She’ll go an extra mile in order to do good for the square.”

Colin Charles by Una Beaumont: “Colin is the best person we could have ever dreamt of to lead the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square. He has achieved so much and given so much that the square and area is beautiful and pleasant to live and visit.”

Trinity Centre volunteers of Whitby by Barbara Plum: “The volunteers are a vital part of the staffing team, without them The Trinity Centre would be a much quieter place.”

Rainbow Centre volunteers by Janet Jefferson: “The centre gives help and support to many needy families and vulnerable people, by providing essential clothing, furniture, food parcels, meals , welfare, health issues, and financial and housing advice.”


The Nominations by Teachers Category features students who have shown commitment, talent and dedication both in and out of school.

Cameron Johnson and Carl Bint of Scalby School were nominated by teacher Geoff Collier.

He said: “Carl and Cameron have been taking out a disabled friend for the last seven months and helping him socialise.

“They regularly go down to the seafront and into town. They have enabled their friend to get out more and meet more people.”

St Martin’s School Year 6 class has also been put forward for the accolade by teacher Andy Duncan, for their charitable efforts.

“In the autumn term each member of the class was given £5 and told to start their own business. The profit went to charity,” said Mr Duncan. “There are 40 children in the class. They raised over £1,500.

“Half this money went to our sister school in Kenya, enabling them to build a new classroom. The other half went to charities chosen by the children.”

Deserving St Augustine’s School pupils are also up for the Nomination by Teachers Big Thank You Award.

Teacher Katie Price has put forward several of her students.

They include:

Alex Mills: “For his commitment and dedication to the drama department over the past two years. His skills and talents have developed enormously and as a result he wants to go on to study drama in the future. Well done Alex.”

Robert Arnall and Matthew Harvey: “They have worked in the drama department as backstage crew over the past two years even though they are only 14.

“They have shown incredible dedication, giving up weekends and evenings to help run performances an events. Thank you boys.”

Emily Leeson: “For ongoing commitment to drama and performance for the past five years. She is reliable talented and always ready to give everything a go.”

Matthew Robert: “He has been an outstanding pupil showing talent in the drama department. He is always polite and helpful and has a go at everything. Well done Matthew.”

Chloe Moran has received two nominations from her teachers Katie Price and musical director Oliver Barron.

“She has shown incredible talent in drama and performance and her dedication is outstanding,” said Miss Price.

Mr Barron praised Chloe’s commitment and outstanding all-round musical talent.

He said: “She sings in and helps to lead the school Junior, chamber and Senior choirs in many events, helping organise a number of charity events for the school.

“She is a pleasure to teach, an outstanding pupil and a real credit to the school.”

Mr Barron also nominated the following pupils:

Alanis Beckitt: “Since joining the school Alanis has been in the Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs and sung solos with each.

“Alanis is such a determined young lady and is always wanting to do the best she can in everything. She is totally committed to the music department. Alanis really is a true star.

“One more thing, she does everything with a smile on her face!”

Maisie Atkinson: “She has been a valued and key pupil at the school since Year 7, leading/organising many of the school liturgies every term, singing in and leading the Junior, chamber and Senior Choirs in many events, helping organise charity events for the school, performing over 60 times in the school orchestra and jazz orchestra.

“Maisie is always willing to give up her time for anything to do with the school.”

Jude Knight in front of the land where her home was on Aelfleda Terrace''w130722c

Jude Knight in front of the land where her home was on Aelfleda Terrace''w130722c

Amelia Scholey, left, and Heather Othick, with daughter Phoebe, 6, thank people of Scarborough for all their charity fundraising efforts in 2011.  115230c    picture by Andrew Higgins  30/12/11

Amelia Scholey, left, and Heather Othick, with daughter Phoebe, 6, thank people of Scarborough for all their charity fundraising efforts in 2011. 115230c picture by Andrew Higgins 30/12/11

Fundraisers Sue Beckton and Alsion Blenkinsop at their bed and breakfast in Goathland''w130711b

Fundraisers Sue Beckton and Alsion Blenkinsop at their bed and breakfast in Goathland''w130711b