PRIDE OF ROSSINGTON EVENT
The Pride of Rossington awards took place at the Rossington Welfare on Saturday 23rd October 2021. This event was to celebrate the achievements of some truly remarkable Rossington people who have worked tirelessly, done something to made our village proud, or worked hard to make our village a better place to live over the last year. Given the difficult circumstances everyone has found themselves in, due to the pandemic, these people and their efforts for Rossington are EVEN more extra special than normal.
This was the 4th annual Pride of Rossington event and the nominees were all put forward by Rossington folk, to celebrate extra ordinary Rossington People. The winners were from all walks of life, of all ages, and their achievements are recognised here. The Mayor, Ron Jones opened the event and welcomed everyone. Here is a run down of the event, the catargories, the winners and the worthy runners up.
Outstanding Achievement Award - presented to Danny Maxi Hughes.
Kenny Guest introduced the award, by taking everyone back to the 4th September when half of Rossington went along to Emerald Stadium, Headingley to watch Danny Maxi Hughes become IBO World Lightweight Champion beating Jovanni Straffons in 12 rounds by unanimous decision. In recognition of this outstanding achievement Rossington Parish Council presented Danny Maxi Hughes with a special award. The award was presented by Nick Fletcher. Here are a few pics of Danny collecting his award:
Sporting Achievement Award - presented to Adam Harrison.
This award was to recognise a sportsperson who has made a substantive contribution to sport in the village. The nominations in this category were Adam Harrison and Danny Maxi Hughes. Adam Harrison was nominated by Roxanne Foot and Deborah Armstrong. Adam runs and manages his own under 12s football team for Rossington Main. Last year, Rossington Under 10s Blue’s team found themselves without a manager and came close to folding. Thankfully Adam stepped up and the team is now thriving! They are all so grateful to Adam for giving up so much of his free time every week to manage both teams. They can’t thank him enough. Here are a few pics of Adam collecting his award.
The Junior Hero Award - presented to Macie Gaffney
The Junior Hero Award was for a young person up to the age of 16 who deserves credit for going the extra mile. Macie Gaffney was nominated by Megan Johnson, Connor Halliday and Andrew Halliday. Macie voluntarily coaches at the local MMA gym from Monday to Friday every week, straight from school. Not only does she teach the youngsters, but she competes herself. She has had 2 MMA fights this year and she has been selected for the trials for the UK MMA team this month. Macie really does deserve recognition for what she does. She really is an amazing young girl! Here are a few pics of Macie, her family & of her collecting her award.
Nuala Fennelly Junior Environmentalist Award - presented to Fred Judd
The Nuala Fennelly Junior Environmentalist Award has been created by The Parish Council to recognise the work done by a young person who has dedicated their time to enhancing the local environment. Fred Judd was nominated by Gaynor Spencer and Brendan Simpson. Fred is a valuable resident of Rossington, since a youngster he volunteered with the Environment Group, helping clear, plant and look after green areas in the village. Recently, Fred has given so much of his time clearing and litter picking throughout the village. Fred goes out with the litter picking group but is also happy to go out on his own under his own steam. He has litter picked at Rossington cemetery. Fred goes above and beyond to Keep Rossington Tidy. Fred wasn't present at the awards to collect his event.
Nuala Fennelly was a very special person to many in Rossington, working tirelessly with young people. She sadly passed away in 2020, but she is missed by many, including her friends from the council and her widow, Kevin Fennelly, who was there to honour the award presented in her name. We are sure Kevin was exceptionally proud that his late wife had an award given in her name.
At this point, there was break in the proceedings for refreshments, provided by Mandy Holden of City Catering. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all. There was also singing by the fabulous Lisa J, who is an exceptionally talented vocalist.
Community Hero - presented to Tony Archer
This award not only recognises the difference someone has made to the community, but inspires others to do the same. There were 2 nominations in this category; Jenny King & Tony Archer.
Jenny was nominated by Elaine Spencer. Jenny has a son on the Autistic spectrum. She uses her experiences to support, help and guide others in similar circumstances. Jenny runs a twice weekly raffle to raise funds for her group, Bubble. They meet once a week but Jenny is happy to give her time to help anyone with admin or the bureaucracy of claiming benefits, accessing grants or meeting with professionals about their Autistic child. If needed she is happy to accompany parents to these meetings. The funds Jenny raises helps to pay for the rent, trips, Christmas presents, guest speakers, arts and craft sessions. The children have learned to garden, ride and have even tried martial arts. As well as raising funds for Bubble, Jenny has offered raffles for other charities and groups in the village. Even though Jenny works nights at Hesley Hall, she never misses any of the sessions or personal appointments.
Tony Archer was nominated by: Sandra & Peter Clark, Amanda & Shaun Clark, Stephanie & M Field, Jade Field, Simon Bee, Stacey Wilson, Mark Johnson, Laura Cook, Natalie Archer, Sharon & Gary Cooper, Louise Archer, Adam Hooley, Des Barwich & Sarah Armstrong, Sienna Barwick, Wayne Shaw, Gabriel Archer & Luke Archer.
With so many nominations, Mayor Ros Jones summed up by saying Tony Archer was 'the guy that saved Christmas in Rossington in a year where Covid-19 took so much away from us. At a time when children were not allowed to visit Santa’s grotto, he provided much needed joy and happiness to everyone in our community, from the youngest to the oldest. Tony not only built Santa’s sleigh, but he drove it throughout the village (covering every street) every night for a week in challenging weather, never giving up. But he wasn’t alone, Tony gave a shout out to thank all his little helpers who helped him to make this amazing feat possible too.
As most people know, Tony is a hardworking guy with a very busy schedule, he works 7 days a week to support his family but he still found time to build Santa’s sleigh and raised a massive £6,000 which was donated to a local cancer charity and to the Tickhill Lions. Mayor Ros Jones explained that the Parish Council is supporting the installation of 2 commemorative benches in Rossington, one outside Lidl and one at Brodsworth Way to remember all those who lost their lives in Rossington to Covid. So Tony's hard work and dedication will keep on giving. Keep a look out for the benches.
Mayor Ros Jones explained that the decisions on choosing the winner for this award was difficult as both Jenny and Tony are amazing residents of our village who have given so much of themselves to support others. After much deliberation, it was decided to give the award to Tony Archer but it was agreed by all that Jenny was a very worthy runner-up. Here are a few pics of Tony and Jenny collecting their awards.
Outstanding Achievement - Presented to Dot Metcalf
This award is to recognise someone who has delivered an ongoing and outstanding contribution to the village of Rossington, someone who has gone above and beyond for the benefit of others. There were 2 nominees in this category, Dot Metcalf & Elaine Spencer.
Dot Metcalf was nominated by Jasmin Frost, Gaynor Spencer, Chelsea Lamparne and Roxanne Foot. Dot has lived in Rossington most of her life and is a very valued member of the community. She’s always cheerful and has time for a word with everyone. Over the years Dot has volunteered with many groups including the Rossington Environment Group where she planted flowers and cut and cleaned green areas helping to improve the ambiance and environment of the village. Dot was a vital volunteer with Rossington Good Neighbours, preparing, serving and delivering hot meals to the most vulnerable members of our community. Dot has volunteered her time at Parish Council events, definitely getting her 10,000 steps in litter picking at the summer festival. For the last couple of years Dot has been one of the team of litter pickers in Rossington, sometimes even going out on her own because she loves where she lives and wants to keep Rossington great.
Elaine Spencer was nominated by Brendan Simpson. Elaine has put in a massive effort since March 2020 knitting the community together to create a network of Community Connector volunteers to assist the vulnerable and needy in the face of the Covid pandemic when other services were either paused or stretched to breaking point. Elaine had upwards of 250 interactions per week including food arrangement supplies and delivery, running vital errands including prescriptions, setting up the friendly phone call network & providing education materials to those that needed them the most. In fact, the model Elaine created was rolled out in other areas of Doncaster, supporting Doncaster Council in managing a very difficult situation.
Once again, Mayor Ros Jones explained that this was a hugely difficult decision to make, but that the winner was Dot Metcalf. Here are a few pics of Dot & Elaine collecting their awards.
Environment Award - presented to Paddy Langan
This award recognises an individual or group of volunteers who have dedicated their time to enhancing the local environment. There were 3 nominees in this category: Gaynor Spencer, Paddy Langan and Julie and Andrew Morgan and Laura – The Brick Pond Project
Gaynor Spencer was nominated by Brendan Simpson. Gaynor was nominated because of all the hard work and early mornings she puts in to making Rossington a better place to live. Gaynor however asked to be removed from the award as she was a winner in 2019.
Paddy Langan was nominated by Debbie Anderson. Paddy has always had an interest in animals. He has kept various types of birds over the years and this passion has led him to becoming the ‘go to’ person if you come across a sick or injured bird. More recently, through social media and lockdown, he has had birds brought to him from the residents of Rossington and also through the borough. Paddy spends many a night hand rearing and then releasing these birds back into the countryside. Paddy does this with occasional donations from the community.
Julie and Andrew Morgan and Laura, aka the Brick Pond Project were nominated by Brendan Simpson. This group has completely turned around the appearance of the pond and its performance as a fishing venue as well as it being a fantastic habitat for all the species that flourish there.They have made it such a safe environment for young people to participate and to take part in regular competitions. They have improved the access so that anyone, despite their ability or disability can take part. The Brick Pond project has made the pond a jewel in the crown of the village.
Once again, Mayor Ros Jones explained what a difficult decision this was, as all those nominated do such a great job in improving the environment in Rossington. She explained in the eyes of the Parish Council, all were winners however, the winning award was given to Paddy Langan, with the Brickpond project as Runners up. Here are a few pics of Paddy & Laura (on behalf of the Brick Group Group) receiving their awards.
So, all in all it was a great night, a very emotional night and a way to recognise the people that make our village great. Here are a few more pics from the night. You can view the whole gallery on my website too & download any images you want for free.
Here is a link to the suppliers of the night:
Nominees Flowers: https://www.facebook.com/flowersbylauraedmond
Personalised Balloons: https://www.facebook.com/sissysballoons