The winners of the 2020 East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman's Awards have now received their awards.
The annual presentation of the awards celebrates individuals, businesses, building projects and community groups which have made a significant contribution to improving life in the East Riding.
Last year's winners were crowned during a virtual event which was shown live on the council's social media channels, and the recent easing of restrictions has allowed the Chairman of the council, Councillor Pat Smith, to present the awards to the individual winners in person.
Councillor Smith said: "This is our chance to thank and to honour those people all across the East Riding - businesses and organisations large and small - who contribute a huge amount, and often go the extra mile, to promote the area as a great place in which to work and to live.
"During my term of office as chairman, it is a constant source of pleasure and pride for me to see all those people who work so hard within their local communities to make the East Riding the very special place we all know it to be."
"These awards continue to reflect the unique community spirit of our local area, and the efforts made by so many."
WINNERS AND NOMINEES
BUSINESS AWARD - 50 AND UNDER EMPLOYEES
JOINT WINNERS - CAB Executive Travel and Subli Metals, Mappleton
CAB Executive Travel, Goole
CAB Executive Travel was established 20 years ago with one coach and one driver, it now has five luxury coaches offering holidays across the UK and Europe. It also has local groups who regularly travel and the tours are tailored to meet their needs.
The family-run business has raised thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research. It also supports smaller charities and sponsors local schools.
Managing director Carl Bruce said: "I am very pleased and very proud that we received this award, which has greatly raised our profile already. We have had hundreds of positive comments about it on our facebook page, and some very supportive comments as well from the tenants of Goole Business Centre. The award marks a lovely appreciation of our work supporting local clubs and societies, and charities."
Subli Metals, Mappleton
Subli Metals is a family business which has grown from a couple who wanted to be self-employed to a thriving business employing seven local people. It specialises in aluminium sublimation blanks, from bookmarks to clocks, from sheet stock to door plaques.
The business has helped local mums get back into work and is flexible, so working hours fit around school times. Employees are given the training they need to undertake this skilled work.
Carl Northwood and Nicci Simmonds said : "Thank you for giving us the Business Award. It was a welcome boost last summer, during what was an extremely tough year for all. Since receiving the award, we have gone from strength to strength, and continue to expand. Since the summer we have employed a further five local people, so there are now 14 of us beavering away in Mappleton, creating niche aluminium products for the personalised gift industry.
"We support and supply other small businesses around the country. We continue to be an understanding and flexible employer, growing with our team into the successful company we are today. We appreciate our efforts being rewarded with this award and would like to thank the Chairman once again."
BUILT HERITAGE AWARD - NEW DWELLINGS, CONVERSIONS, AND MINOR WORKS CATEGORY
WINNER - 9 Vicar Lane, Howden
Tucked away along the historic streets of Howden, 9 Vicar Lane has been sensitively restored and put to a new retail use. The old garage door and plastic shop fittings have been removed and in their place new timber shop fronts, doors and signage have been installed. The end result, along with the characterful windows displays, is an enhancement to this early 19th century building and Howden Conservation Area.
John Winter, MD of Hoveden Builders, who carried out the restoration, said: "I am delighted with our second Chairman's Award! Winning this award is very important for our company, which prides itself on employing an excellent local workforce. This has been very much a team effort, and it's great news for Hoveden Builders."
SPORT - TEAM / CLUB CATEGORY
WINNER - Driffield RUFC Ladies Team
Driffield RUFC Ladies Team started just over three years ago with the support of Driffield RUFC. Starting with a small number of local women keen to learn to play rugby, the team has gone from strength to strength over the last three seasons.
The team entered RFU's National Challenge 2 North East League with other teams from across Yorkshire and the North East, and the ladies finished third in the table.
Dom Thompson, ???? of Driffield RUFC, said : "If we could bottle the positivity of our Ladies Team, we would be very rich indeed. It's fantastic to have them on board, and long may their success continue. They have taken to the sport like ducks to water, and the Chairman's Award is absolutely the icing on the cake for them."
SPORT - TALENTED PERFORMER CATEGORY
WINNER - Emily Asquith, Bridlington
Emily has been boxing for five years, trains four nights a week and undertakes sessions before school. She trains with the England team on a monthly basis and is a member of the excel squad.
She was called to attend an emerging talent squad for the GB Squad and she is the youngest person England have selected for this type of training. Emily has achieved a lot this year including European Youth Gold Medal and won gold at the Sombor Nations Box Cup.
Emily said : "It's an honour to be recognised for the hard work I've put in by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. To have won this award in an area full of very talented athletes feels like a great achievement."
COMMUNITY - GROUP
WINNER - Hessle Epilepsy Society
Hessle Epilepsy Society and the Hessle Epilepsy shop were both formed and opened in 1990. They were started by Dawn Bullock and Diane Wharram, as this is a cause close to their hearts. For more than 30 years, they have worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness of epilepsy.
They have raised almost £400,000 to buy essential equipment for Castle Hill and Hull Royal Infirmary hospitals and local schools and have funded a specialist epilepsy nurse who people can refer directly to for advice and help.
Dawn Bullock said : "We are delighted to have received the Chairman's Award, and I am very pleased that our shop customers can now see it on display in our window! It's lovely to see, and I know it will help to bring customers in.
"Our shop is on Tower Hill, opposite the Methodist Church in Hessle, and we are very busy raising funds to buy items for Castle Hill Hospital and for Hull Royal Infirmary. We are always looking for donations - and for customers in the shop - and this award will really help."
COMMUNITY - INDIVIDUAL
WINNER - Darren Baker, Driffield
When he was 17 years old, Darren suffered a severe head injury and was left disabled and in a wheelchair. Having always had a special affinity with Driffield, he felt he would like to give something back and decided he would like to improve Driffield Beck.
Although Darren is unable to do any physical work, he set up a team of volunteers and 'Friends of the Beck' was born. The active volunteers meet regularly in all weathers to clean the beck and to date have amassed well over 900 bags of rubbish.
Dave Smart of Friends of the Beck said : "Friends of The Beck (Driffield) are absolutely delighted that Darren Baker received the ERYC Chairman's award 2020 in the individual community category and congratulate him and everyone involved.
"I nominated Darren and the award is very well deserved, because he has worked tremendously hard in setting up the group, overseeing fund raising and dealing with the social media.
"Darren said he was surprised and honoured to receive the award and wanted to thank the team for their support and encouragement.
"Thank You, Darren, for making Driffield a better place and enhancing our wonderful County of East Riding of Yorkshire."