Celebrities and community workers were honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours, and Calderdale has decided to follow suit with its community champions.

Hard-working and dedicated residents were recognised as part of the annual Calderdale Good Citizen Awards.

Calderdale councillors voted from community nominations to award local residents Peter Edwards and Jeremy Meadowcroft for their voluntary work in the Rastrick local community this year.

“It’s great to get any recognition, whatever you’re doing in life, and to receive something like this is obviously something which is a great highlight for me and for my family – it’s fantastic,” said Peter, whose work over many years for many different groups, has seen him make positive differences over a lifetime of volunteering.

His current position with Rastrick Big Local has also benefited new groups this past year in supporting them with funding to progress ideas that benefit Rastrick people.

People wanting more details about funding available can email mags.bryson@calderdale.gov.uk or phone her on 01422 288017.

Jeremy Meadowcroft has worked to establish and install Rastrick’s very own community defibrillator, which is located on Carr Green Lane.

He said: “I hope it inspires others to get involved and do a little bit in their community.

“Just go and find out, and ask, it’s amazing what new friends you might make”.

Peter Edwards Rastrick Big Local, Jeremy Meadowcroft & Colin Peel - with community members & the 3 Emergency Services, Fire, Ambulance, & Police representatives present, the Defibrillator declared open/launched October 2014.
 

His relentless voluntary work for Rastrick Juniors Football Club shows the club has great community spirit, working on projects that develop, maintain and improve facilities for all Rastrick residents -not just footballers - such as improving pathways, access, and facilities that improve, maintain and develop the area for everyone’s benefit not just their own club.

The awards celebrate the people in communities who go that extra mile, dedicating their own time to helping others.

The Citizen Celebration Award is awarded to an individual, couple, group or organisation that has undertaken outstanding voluntary work over a long period; contributed to improving and making a difference in their community or been an exceptional neighbour.

It is linked to ward forums and the overall winner receives a framed certificate, trophy and a contribution of £250 to a community project.