Residents honoured for improving their villages
NOTTS County Council has honoured three Rushcliffe residents for their community work.
A Local Improvement Scheme event at Newark Showground paid tribute to people who had shown outstanding dynamism, commitment and dedication to their towns, villages and neighbourhoods.
Among the nine award-winners were Adrian Bellamy and Nigel Wood from Langar and Peter Johnson-Marshall from Ruddington.
Adrian and Nigel were praised for reinstating the village pond. The pond was at the centre of village life for years but was filled in during the 1960s and became a car park.
It is now a favourite spot with dog walkers, ramblers and cyclists.
Adrian and Nigel worked for two years researching the site and getting the £33,000.
Nigel said: "The whole village were behind this project but we couldn't have done it without funding from the Local Improvement Scheme. Langar is such a pretty village and having the pond at its centre has given it back its identity. The pond is now home to a family of ducks and lots of local children all love pond dipping there."
Peter won an award for work at the Hareham Allotments in Ruddington, including installing a bridge for disabled access, removing asbestos and installing storage facilities.
He said: "The funding from LIS has revitalised the site and everyone has a renewed enthusiasm as a result. I'm also delighted that the installation of the bridge has meant wheelchair users can access their plots and work on the raised beds."
This project received £25,000 from the scheme.
County councillor Richard Butler said: "Adrian, Nigel and Peter are typical of people the length and breadth of Nottinghamshire who take a pride in their local area and set about making things happen."
Next year the scheme will back more than 200 projects at a cost of £3 million.