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Town Council Celebrates the Best of Beverley

On Thursday 11th November 2022, Beverley Town Council held a special awards night to celebrate the best of Beverley.

Taking place at East Riding Theatre whilst still adhering to Covid-19 precautions, the evening saw the Town Council give out a range of awards and acknowledgements:

Form Mayor of Beverley, Cllr Tom Astell, received a past-Mayor medallion and plaque to make his year in office.

  • Strategic Partners: The Town Council’s five new Strategic Partners were each given a certificate, whilst a video presentation was shown about each group, highlighting everything they do for Beverley. These were Beverley Barge Preservation Society, Beverley RUFC, Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre, Beverley in Bloom and Stage4Beverley. These videos can be found on the Town Council’s YouTube channel.
  • Good Neighbour Awards: Usually the Mayor selects two Good Neighbours to receive awards, but this year the Town Council opened this up to public nominations, with 8 amazing local people and organisations receiving awards: Cath Donohue, Beverley Food Bank, Sue Oliver, ERYC Beverley Covid Hub, Cherry Tree Community Centre, The Queens Head Pub, Kelly Drew and Mike Lamb.
  • Mayor’s Civic Award: The Mayor of Beverley also presented a special Civic Award to Beverley Mutual Aid – a volunteer-led organisation that did so much for Beverley during height of the pandemic and continues to make an important difference to the community.  This was presented by co-founders Annie Kirkman and Jackie Heffer.
  • Honorary Freemen and Freewomen: The highest award Beverley Town Council can bestow is that of Honorary Freeman of Freemwoman of the Town of Beverley. Three very special people were made given this honour – Janet Smart, Jim Sharp and Kate Gray.

Alongside Town Councillors and invited guests, the evening was also attended by the Chair of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the High Sheriff of East Yorkshire and Vice-lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire.

Overall, it was a wonderful evening of music, celebration and smiles.  After a very difficult couple of years, it proved that the community spirit in Beverley is stronger than ever before and the Town Council feels it is important to thanks those who play an important role in this.