Young citizens award ceremony – 2011
Five young model citizens were awarded prizes and trophies to recognise their outstanding behaviour and attitude both in and out of school. Thirteen year old Amber Brown from James Calvert Spence College, South Avenue was selected as the overall winner.
Following the success of last years Young Citizens Award ceremony, Chief Inspector Mick Todd, Inspector Sue Peart and CSO Darin Fawcett presented the awards to the good children of the Amble area.
Book tokens, swimming vouchers, free entry to local amenities and vouchers for a local restaurant were among the prizes, with the top prize being a mountain bike. Local businesses had all donated the prizes. The five children had been selected by their schools.
Inspector Sue Peart began by saying that she was pleased that the ceremony had turned into an annual event as the good kids of Amble deserved to be rewarded for their hard-work and behaviour. She also praised CSO Fawcett and said how proud she was of him for setting up the event.
Next, CSO Fawcett explained why each child had been nominated for the award.
- Amber Brown from James Calvert Spence College was nominated for her continuous charity work – since year 5 she has organised a yearly Charity Talent Show independent of school, raising funds in total of £350.00 which she has donated to the school, Wansbeck Baby Unit, Breast Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis charities.
- Joseph Gair from Amble Links First School was nominated due to the improvement that he has shown in his attitude outlook and behaviour during his final year at Amble Links First School. He is active and helpful in school, and spends a good deal of time helping his Grandmother to care for his 89 year old Grandfather.
- Lindsey Little from St Cuthberts First School was nominated for her excellent behaviour and being a role model for the younger children in school. In addition, she was praised for her work in the environment, picking up litter and rubbish around the surrounding areas of where she lives and plays.
- Samantha Coulthard from Warkworth First Schoool was nominated for her good attendance and fantastic attitude to school and for spending time looking after and caring for the school animals. She is an active youngster who sometimes cycles from home in Acklington to school in Warkworth and even helps to feed the calves on her Grandma’s farm
- Waverley Young from Amble First School was nominated for being a popular and friendly member of the school and for being at the forefront of fund raising for school and charity. She is extemely concious of ecological issues and single handedly mounted a poster campaign to encourage energy saving and respect for the environment.
Amber Brown was selected as the overall winner and was presented with the bike by Chief Inspector Mick Todd, Inspector Peart and CSO Darin Fawcett.
Amber said ‘It was really good to be nominated and I’m excited and pleased to have won the prizes. I especially love the bike.’
In recognition that this was now an annual event, Nickalls Accountants had donated a plaque displaying the names of this year’s and last year’s overall winner.
Amber presented the plaque to Head Teacher Richard Kielty, with Rebecca Orr representing Nickalls Accountants.
Richard said “It’s an honour to recieve [the plaque] as it’s a recongnition for the school and the police as a positive outcome of working together. Amber is a deserved winner as she does a lot for the school and the community. She is always coming up with fantastic and creative ideas including organising and leading a talent show which raised £100 within the first hour.”
Donators for Amble & Warkworth Good Citizens Award as follows;Nick & Katie Spurr, Spurrelis’ Ice Cream Parlour.
Trish Grahamslaw, Nickalls Accountants.
Julia Aston, Amble Development Trust.
Amble Town Council.
Ian August, Alnwick Gardens.
Janneil Elliott & Joanne Stone, Castlemania.
Samantha Ryder, Warkworth Castle.
Staff at Tesco Express, Queen Street.
Nicolle Kirk, Granary Leisure Complex.
Karl & Karen Brunton, Amble Marina.
Canon Janet Brearley, Church of St Lawrence Warkworth.
Reverend Diane Westmoreland.
Beryl Hewson, Queen Street Post Office.
Staff at The Greenhouse, Warkworth.
Louise Keeble, Cabosse Confectionary, Warkworth.
Kerry Turtle, Zecca’s Italian Restaurant.
Florence Angus, JK Crafts.
Jon Nolan, Northside Surf.
If anyone would like to contribute to next year’s Good Young Citizens Award, please contact CSO Darin Fawcett on firstname.lastname@example.org
This article has been updated. On 27 June more detail was added into the reasons why each young person was nominated.