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Stroud Town awards: community heroes honoured


The great and the good gathered at the Subscription Rooms as a raft of awards were handed out to the people who shine a light on the town.

Stroud’s Young Person of the Year gong went to Ed Scipio,22, who received the honour last night, Wednesday, at the awards ceremony hosted by Stroud Town Council at the Sub Rooms.

“Ed is simply one of our very best volunteers – greets the audience as they arrive at the Subs and brightens everyone’s day,” said Hugh Phillimore, Chair of the Subs Trust.

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Museum In The Park Walled Garden volunteers, winners of the Community Award, at the Stroud Town Council Awards

Ed makes the 70-mile round trip from his home in Devizes, often several times a week, a former National Star student, to volunteer in Stroud.

“It’s amazing to win. I can’t believe it,” said Ed. ‘This is my dream job.”

Ann Taylor, Cleo Mussi and the museum volunteers won the community award for their incredible work in transforming a neglected outdoor space at the Museum in the Park into an award-winning, beautiful community garden that offers so much to the people of Stroud. 

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Winners and runners up, with Mayor Stella Parkes, at the Stroud Town Council Awards

Gerb Gerbrands was named Trader of the Year for going that extra mile to ensure Stroud Farmers’ Market always operates, especially during the pandemic.

That community effort during the pandemic was also recognised in the Mayor’s Awards. James Beecher and his team of volunteers who ran the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response group received an award. The charity The Long Table also received a Mayor’s Award for setting up the food scheme called Freezer of Love.

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James Beecher, from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response volunteers, winner of the Mayor’s Award, presented by Kevin Cranston, former Mayor, at the Stroud Town Council

Dan Guthrie received the Inclusivity and Diversity Award for raising awareness of the Black Boy figurine and how it has affected him over the years as a figure that symbolised the historic injustice of slavery.

Fred Baker of Transition Stroud and the Stroud District CAN Network was honoured with an environment award. He has worked tirelessly to improve awareness of sustainability issues, and develop and deliver real, game-changing environmental initiatives in Stroud town and across Stroud District.

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Young Person Award, runners-up Jess Coldrick, left, and Florence Cross, and winner, Ed Scipio, with Mayor Stella Parke

“We are incredibly fortunate in Stroud to have so many people committed to improving our town, our community and environment and so much more. I congratulate the winners and the runners-up and thank them for their efforts,” said Stroud Mayor Stella Parkes.

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Trader Award, runners up, staff (left) from Boots Opticians, Chrissie Lowery from Craftology, (Stroud Chamber of Trade were also runners-up), and winner Gerb Gerbrands from Stroud Farmers Market, with Mayor Stella Parkes
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Environment Award, runners-up Jamie Warren, left, Shalize Nicholas from Madia and Matilda, and winner Fred Barker’s award being collected on his behalf, with Mayor Stella Parkes, at the Stroud Town Council Awards

Young Person of the Year: Winner: Ed Scipio.

Runners-up: Florence Cross, Jess Coldrick.

Environment: Winner: Fred Barker (Transition Stroud, Stroud District CAN Network).

Runners-up: Jamie Warren (Wildlife twitter user), Shalize Nicholas (Madia and Matilda).

Trader: Winner: Gerb Gerbrands (Stroud Farmers’ Market).

Runners-up: Staff at Boots Optician, Chrissie Lowery (Craftology) and Tony Davey (Stroud Chamber of Trade).

Community: Winner: Ann Taylor, Cleo Mussi and museum garden volunteers (Museum in the Park).

Runners-up: Nathan Roe (MOTH Community group), Hannah McDonnell (Stroud & District Tourism Forum) and the staff of the Stroud Maternity Unit.

Inclusivity Award: Dan Guthrie.

Mayor’s Awards: James Beecher and volunteers (Stroud Coronavirus Community Response) and the Long Table (Freezer of Love project).

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