Brightlingsea volunteers and organisations have been recognised in the district’s own version of the New Year’s honours list – the Pride of Tendring Awards.
Pam Corsar, one of the leading lights in the volunteer group behind the success of Brightlingsea Lido, the Porridge and Pens charity which runs the Brightlingsea School in Ghana, and the Brightlingsea Saturday Club for adults with special needs were among 15 award recipients from across the district.
Pride of Tendring – organised by Tendring District Council (TDC) sets out to celebrate stalwarts from all walks of life who make a real difference to their communities. Nominees are put forward by district councillors.
TDC Chairman Dan Land said: “Right across Tendring there are so many deserving people, and nominations came in from all around the district. As always the standard has been high, and the Pride of Tendring Awards are our small way of recognising some of those who give up their time for our community; not seeking reward or recognition for what they do.
The Brightlingsea winners in detail
Pam Corsar – Nominated by Councillor Mick Barryam Corsar is a leading figure in a strong group of 50 volunteers who provide a year-round contribution to the Brightlingsea Lido.
The facility has experienced a rebirth and makeover since it was transferred from Tendring District Council to Brightlingsea Town Council; now managed by a charitable trust, it relies heavily upon the input of dedicated volunteers like Pam to operate and run successfully. Pam leads a team of Front of House volunteers who meet and greet, provide information and advice and generally act as the ‘face’ of the Lido, and every one of the more than 48,000 visitors in the last two years has had a positive contact with a volunteer, confirmed by feedback.
The Lido Volunteer Group has made a significant contribution to a facility which has achieved regional and national recognition, and is now established as a major tourist attraction within Tendring.
Porridge and Pens – Nominated by Councillor Graham Steady
The Porridge and Pens‘ Brightlingsea School project takes the town’s community spirit to another level, by encouraging local volunteers of all ages to raise funds for projects that, because of their location, may not be recognisable as one that is in need of help. Their efforts are a lesson to us all.
Brightlingsea Saturday Club – Nominated by Councillor Jayne Chapman
The Saturday Club was formed 20 years ago and organises a monthly disco for adults with special needs, both physical and mental. Clients come from a number of local residential homes as well is individuals living with support.
Held for a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon, there is a professional DJ who plays music they can all relate to. There is a raffle, and birthdays are celebrated too, while a special party is provided at Easter, Halloween and Christmas, where clients and carers are encouraged to dress for the occasion and refreshments and gifts are supplied for free.
The club is run by around eight volunteers, who decorate tables to give a more homely feel and encourage all clients to take part, have fun and dance, even those in wheelchairs. Clients, carers and volunteers all enjoy themselves and go home with a smile on their faces.
• The awards are sponsored by Orsted Energy and East of England Co-operative Funeral Service in Clacton. They are also supported by Beth Chatto Gardens, the Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette and the Harwich and Manningtree Standard. News supplied by Tendring District Council.