Bell Tower Awards
We were thrilled by the support we received from a wide range of clubs, societies, organisations and individuals. As a special ‘thank you’ for all they have done for the Appeal, we were very pleased to award a series of special Limited Edition ‘Evesham Bell Tower Appeal Awards‘.
What are the awards?
The specially-commissioned award is a smart perspex block holding a image of the iconic Bell Tower with an inscription on the reverse giving details of the award recipient. These special awards were for individuals, groups, clubs, societies and organisations in recognition of a significant contribution to the Appeal. Only 50 awards were made.
So, who has won our awards? Well, let’s look at the most recent ones first…………
PERSONAL AWARD CEREMONY
Tuesday 25th August 2015 saw Hein van der Steen and fellow Rotarians receive an award at the weekly Rotary Meeting in recognition of the contribution of the Rotary Lottery Project to the Appeal.
Saturday 11th July 2015 saw Janet Webb receive an award at the annual Friends Summer Tea Party. Janet has been a great supporter of the Appeal at a number of events.
Friday 24th April 2015 saw Anne Albright receive an award at the end of the wonderful Flanders and Swan/John Betjeman fundraising evening that she organised on behalf of the Appeal. This was a truly memorable occasion, raising the amazing sum of £3,223.75 for the Appeal. Anne has supported the Appeal in other ways too – an award very richly deserved.
Monday 2nd March 2015 saw Mary and Patrick Brotherton receive an award during the Friends Monday Afternoon Talk meeting. Totally amazed to be the recipients of an award, they were recognised as unsung heroes of the Appeal, contributing in a range of ways, always behind the scenes.
SIXTH AWARD CEREMONY
Friday 28th November 2014 saw the sixth round of Bell Tower Appeal awards presented by Mayor, Charlie Homer:
- Mike Ferris of Cotswold Savoyards who put on an excellent concert for the Appeal.
- John Raphael, supporter through numerous events – monologues at the Showtime concert and Monks Supper, jukebox, Town Crier presence at Pedal Power event.
- Nigel and Tash Smith of The Fleece, supporting the Appeal through the Evesham Asparafest, and with launch of the specially brewed Bell Tower Ale – launched in the Ringing Chamber and contributing 50p per pint sold.
- John Kyte of VEHS – organisers of the very successful Local History Day School, sharing display space, helping with archive research, and providing support in a range of other ways.
- Awards were presented separately to Lisa Whelan of Vintage Tea Rooms and Market Manager, Joseph Jones and his wife Tracy, all of whom has provided great support to the Appeal throughout the past year.
FIFTH AWARD CEREMONY
Friday 24th October 2014 saw the fifth round of Bell Tower Appeal awards presented by Deputy Mayor, Fred Kaler:
- Colin Tether, deviser of the route and ride leader for ‘The FAMILY one‘, a key part of Evesham’s first Cyclefest, attracting 69 riders and raising over £1,000. Colin also took part in ‘The BIG one‘, raising sponsorship and leading on day 2 when the ride leader was injured.
- Emma Goodge, participant in ‘The FAMILY one‘ and representing all riders who took part, pushed themselves to ride further than before. Emma personified the spirit of ‘The FAMILY one‘ as a participant and raised a considerable sum in sponsorship.
- Jenny Newbury and the choirs Kids Aloud and Mums Aloud. Jenny and the Choirs performed a wonderful concert in July, along with Marcel Zidani, who received an award in September. A wonderful evening – Jenny is a real driver and inspiration to the choirs.
- Pippa Hodges – mastermind behind the wonderful 3-day display of wedding dresses in All Saints Church in August. A breathtaking display, hugely appreciated by the large number of visitors.
- John and Joyce Doyle – put on the display of WW1 memorabilia and other fascinating exhibits alongside the wedding dress display – a huge source of interest to the many visitors. But far more, John and Joyce have supported numerous events in many different ways – tremendous supporters of the Appeal.
- John Middleton and Barrie Wheeler (awards to be presented in November in the Ringing Chamber) – the drivers behind encouraging the ringers to contribute loose change, which has now amounted to around £600!
- Martin and Stuart Homer of Littleton Auctions (award to be presented in Littleton) – the drivers behind the very successful charity auction which raised around £4,500.
FOURTH AWARD CEREMONY
Friday 19th September 2014 saw the fourth round of Bell Tower Appeal awards presented by Appeal Committee Chair, Sue Ablett:
- Marcel Zidani, for a fabulous fundraising concert with Kids and Mums Aloud, and for the offer of a second concert early next year with Bretforton Silver Band
- Kate Hood and Charles Stewart of the Trumpet Inn, for a great event – ‘Walk, Talk and Lunch’ as well as support in other ways
- Emma Haynes, a tremendous supporter in a range of ways – fundraising events, manning stalls, promotion through her Photos and Memories Facebook page, finding volunteers, sales of Ow Bist merchandise
- Sue Walling of Raphael’s Restaurant – a range of fundraising initiatives, carried out very modestly but very successfully
- John Webster – sponsored cycle ride to Beccles last year, raising over £2,000; organising the Boxing Day and Midsummer Rambles; initiating the Bell Tower charity auction; and being the vision behind Evesham’s first ever Cyclefest, including planning ‘The BIG one‘ – the ride to Big Ben and back. A wonderful supporter!
- Fiona Narburgh, Head of Strategy & Comms at Wychavon DC, a hugely enthusiastic supporter and facilitator of the Cyclefest, who also rode ‘The BIG one’, receiving the award on behalf of colleagues at Wychavon (namely Shawn Riley, Vicki Radley and Angela Tidmarsh).
THIRD AWARD CEREMONY
Friday 22nd August 2014 saw the third round of Bell Tower Appeal awards presented. Mayor, Cllr Charlie Homer, presented awards as follows:
- Evesham New Jersey Twinning Association (organising a fundraising evening)
- Sue and John Jenkinson, Evesham Hotel (organising Evesham’s first writing festival – the AsparaWriting Festival, supporting the Appeal)
- Evesham Vale Running Club (support through Evesham Vale 10k 2013 and 2014, and Bredon Hill Dash)
- Mark Smith and Gavin Stowe, Evesham Bell Tower Steam and Vintage Rally (support from 2013 and 2014 Rally)
- Kate Phillips and Liz Nicklin, Harrells Hardy Plants (Open Garden 2014)
- Evesham Vale Triathletes and Tewkesbury Triathlon Club (support through Evesham Bridge to Bridge Open River Swim 2014)
- John Dickman (“unsung hero” – help behind the scenes with all events)
SECOND AWARD CEREMONY
Friday 25th July 2014 saw the second round of Bell Tower Appeal Awards presented. Deputy Mayor, Cllr Fred Kaler, presented awards to the following recipients:
- 9 year old Ashley Gibson who has raised the fantastic sum of £320 from a sponsored walk and helped in other ways too;
- Paula Smith who ran the 2014 Virgin London Marathon and raised over £200;
- Evesham Bowling Club who last year organised one of the first fundraising events for the Appeal;
- Jim Jarvis who has helped in numerous ways – organising and supporting events, running a couple of quizzes and a raffle – a real “unsung hero”;
- Glenda Harrison who has supported so many events including her very own fund-raiser;
- Hanna Knight and Tim Haines, collectively known as Hanna-h, for two fantastic concerts; and
- Suzanne Chambers and Broadway Leedons & Friends Coffee Morning Group, who organised a coffee morning which raised £225.
FIRST AWARD CEREMONY
On Friday 27th June 2014, at Hampton Ferry, we held our first Bell Tower Award ceremony and were thrilled to have the mayor, Cllr Charlie Homer, present these special awards to:
- Avonbank Brass Band (superb and sterling work at the event in the Arts Centre);
- The Lygonian Singers (two excellent concerts in St Lawrence’s);
- EODS (a wonderful and moodily-lit concert in All Saints); and
- Martin Hammon and his customers at Tom the Barber (outstanding contribution through collecting tins).
Martin’s dog Monty also received a special prize – a doggy chew!