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Stafford and Stone's community-minded citizens gain new Pride in Your Patch awards

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

Matthew Winter-Wright and Cllr Amyas Stafford Northcote

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Community-spirited residents across Stafford Borough have been honoured for their efforts to improve their environment.

The Pride in Your Patch awards are a new initiative to recognise the work of local people in smartening up the area they live in.

All 59 members of Stafford Borough Council were asked to nominate people in their wards who make a difference by cleaning, tidying or carrying out other tasks to make their area look attractive

The winner of the Young People’s award, Matthew Winter-Wright has been volunteering in his home village of Hixon since the age of eight.

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Now aged 19, Matthew has been picking up litter in Hixon area since he was very young and then sorts it and sends it for recycling.

He spends every Sunday morning collecting litter and also makes sure to contact estate agents if he finds a damaged sale board.

Disabled woman Tracey Jayne Smith – winner of the Inspiring Others category - has overcome physical challenges to design and create a communal garden.

After moving to Summerfield Court in Stone, despite a severe muscle wasting disability, she immediately set out transforming the communal area around her new home. She has now inspired others in her local area to join her in her efforts.

Meanwhile Glenda Rowley, from Stone - winner of the Action in the Community (individual) category - is still a whirlwind of activity in her local community at the age of 79.

She is an active member of St Michael’s and St Wulfad’s Church as a bell ringer, choir member and in single-handedly tidying the church yard. She collects the falling leaves in the autumn, prunes the roses and collects litter.

The trustees of Derrington’s Millennium Green won the Action in the Community (group) category.

The Millennium Green features over 11 acres of open space created for the benefit of the local community, which is used by groups including members of the ocal Stroke Club, Guides and Brownies and the Women’s Institute. The trustees are five people who live in Derrington village plus one nominated from the parish council

The closing date for next year’s awards is Friday February 13 2015. 

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