Mold City Council Community Awards recognize outstanding contribution of local groups and individuals > News

Post : Wed 11 May 2022

Mold City Council recently hosted its first Community Awards Night at the Mold Rugby Club.

The awards recognize the outstanding contribution and commitment of groups or individuals living or working in Mold Town or supporting Mold residents.

The evening hosted by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mold was attended by over 80 people who eagerly awaited the results as winners were announced in each of the five categories along with the final prize of the evening, which was the Choice Prize. of the mayor.

Mayor of Mold, Councilor Sarah Taylor, said: “This year Mold City Council received over 200 nominations with 60 groups, businesses and individuals nominated. We often hear people say how hard it is to pick the winners – but trust me, it really was!”

Councilor Taylor went on to say, “It was inspiring to hear how all of our nominees have had a positive impact on our community, whether it’s providing great customer service, encouraging others to participating in a sport or activity or achieving outstanding performance, all nominees have enriched the life of our community through their actions and this will have a lasting impact on our community.

“As my term as mayor draws to a close, I can honestly say that this evening turned out to be the highlight of my year as mayor. I feel both proud and humbled to live and work in a city as caring and community-minded as Mold.

The winners:

Under 25 Volunteer Award was awarded to Maes Garmon student Nanw Maelor Hampson. Throughout the Covid lockdown periods, Nanw has been an active volunteer, including designing cards to sell in aid of St Kentigern’s Hospice to raise £630. Nanw also played the harp many times to raise money for good causes, including at afternoon tea at St Kentigern’s Hospice and St Asaph’s Cathedral. Nanw is described by her teachers as a kind student who always gives her time for the good of others and has devoted a lot of time to helping others. We were also delighted that Nanw played the harp for us during the evening.

Volunteer Under 25 – Nanw Maelor Hampson with Mold Councilor Sarah Taylor

Volunteer Award 25+ was awarded to Bailey Hill Project Volunteers. The project has a number of volunteers working in a variety of volunteer roles, including visiting volunteers, research volunteers, event volunteers, and gardening and wildlife volunteers, all of whom volunteer their time to support the development and management of the Bailey Hill project. In total, Bailey Hill volunteers contributed 2,000 volunteer hours to the project, which equates to 286 days. Thanks to all the hard work of volunteers, the Bailey Hill can now offer daytime, early evening and weekend tours as well as a variety of activities and events. There has been a tremendous amount of information gathered about the history of the site which can be shared with visitors, local groups and schools. The work of Bailey Hill volunteers helps improve the offerings available in our charming historic town for visitors and the local community.

Volunteer Over 25 Years – LR Trefor Jones, Bill Bereton, John Atkinson, Lewys Jones, Mayor Cllr. Sarah Taylor, Ian Gibson, Jo Lane and Mark Holland

Community Project of the Year Award the winners were Mussel and Ysgol Bryn Gwalia Community Hospital – the school and the hospital have worked closely together on many projects to improve the relationship between patients and students as an intergenerational group. So far, children have visited the hospital to sing to patients outside on Christmas, they have decorated the hospital and wards with pictures, and patients have also read stories to students via Zoom. Bryn Gwalia is currently working on an art project with the hospital. At a time when groupings were difficult to form, the two institutions broke down barriers and worked well together to improve health and well-being.

Community Project – Diane Hern, Mayor Cllr. Sarah Taylor, Lorraine Dalton and Deputy Mayor Cllr. Haydn Jones

Sports Excellence Award the winner was acro team. Acro Squad founded by owner Irene Williams in August 2020 and has grown from 3 classes to 12 classes per week with over 200 children attending and many more on their waiting list. It is the only acrobatics school in North Wales. Acro Squad classes not only help kids stay fit and healthy, but also help them build confidence and self-esteem. Irene has been particularly helpful to anxious children, supporting them and their parents when their children find separation anxiety overwhelming. This has been more prevalent during and after the pandemic when children have been homeschooled and spend so much time isolating themselves from others. Promotes inclusion (children with disabilities) in classrooms with a 1:1 supplement provided at no additional cost to parents. Their fun and active classes help children build their confidence and self-esteem. In addition to organized classes for children, Irene offers a free running group for parents and friends of Acro Squad, helping adults get healthy and fit.

Athletic Achievement – ​​Mayor Cllr. Sarah Taylor, Irene Williams and Deputy Mayor Cllr. Haydn Jones

Company of the year the winner was Rental and sale of KMA tools – Mark Alexander and his team at KMA are always offering help and assisting those in need, day or night, weekends or holidays, they have helped their community. During the Storm Arwen power cuts, a terminally ill woman was left without power, mostly to her breathing equipment. Mark saw a call for help on social media and moved very quickly to help the lady and provided an emergency generator, without which she might have lost her life. To support community events and local clubs, KMA offers generous discounts on all rental gear and sales. KMA also donates numerous raffle and auction prizes to local charities and events, including fundraisers hosted by Top Club, Griffin Pub, Almost Home Dog Rescue, Bryn Gwalia School and Mold City Council, to name a few.

Business of the Year Mayor Cllr. Sarah Taylor, Kerry Alexander, Mark Alexander and Deputy Mayor Cllr. Haydn Jones

The last prize of the evening was the Mayor’s Choice Award and this was awarded to Mike Cunningham Manager of the first team and Alex Football Club mould. Mold Alex Football Club is in its 93rd year. This year Mold Alex won the FAW Trophy and Ardal Northern League North West Champions for the first time. Being Mold Manager Alex is a family affair for Mike, as his wife Sarah is the club president and young son Noah was the club’s lucky mascot in the Red Cent Cup final. Mike is 100% committed to the club and incorporates all of its management into his full time job as a teaching assistant for children with severe behavioral and learning disabilities. He even involves the children he teaches to play football.

Mayor’s Choice Award – Mike Cunningham and Mayor Cllr. Sarah Taylor with the FAW Trophy

The performance of the team this year has exceeded all expectations and this has also been recognized by his peers, Mike has been awarded the Football Association of Wales Manager of the Month award no less than 4 times, a credit absolute dedication and management expertise that Mike has shown.

Deputy Mayor of Mold, Councilor Haydn Jones, who co-hosted the awards night, said: ‘It was an absolute pleasure to co-host the Mold Community Awards, all nominees would have been worthy winners, and it was a very difficult decision that the panel chose. the winners.”

“Mold is a great place to live because of people like this who dedicate their time and effort to help others during the most difficult two years. It was a great evening celebrating our wonderful community. Congratulations to all participants.”

All winners received a special glass trophy, vouchers and a £50 Totally Mold certificate.

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