Community Champions 2019 announced!


Kingsbridge Community Champions 2019 

On Tuesday 11th June at the Kingsbridge Full Town Council meeting, Deputy Mayor Mike Jennings presented the awards for this year’s Kingsbridge Community Champions in front of fellow Councillors and other members of the public. This is the third year for the new style awards and the aim is to recognise the fabulous contributions that local people make to ensure that Kingsbridge is a great place to work, rest and play.


The winners for 2019 are as follows (from left):

Lawrence Townsend
In recognition for all his voluntary work with Christian Aid, Talking Newspapers, Cornelius Fund and the Mens Breakfast Club.

David Cripps
In recognition for helping to keep Kingsbridge clean and tidy by litter picking around the town as well as his weekly voluntary work for Dodbrooke Church.

Liz Raeburn
Tirelessly fundraising for many different worthy causes, organising basketball training for a group of special needs adults and all her work with Activities 115 based in Fore Street.

Sandy Gilbert
For her selfless devotion, time and energy to promote and raise funds for Kingsbridge and Saltstone Caring.

Gary Jolliffe
Pioneering the Social Enterprise ‘Till the Coast is Clear’, tackling marine pollution by travelling the coastline collecting rubbish from remote locations and recycling 100% of what is collected.

Separate photo as unable to attend:

Dave Griffiths
Always happy to go that extra mile helping in Kingsbridge, whether it is climbing on top of The Information Centre to fix a clock or hanging banners around the town.







How ‘blooming’ fantastic is Kingsbridge?!!

Our town came away with not just any old GOLD AWARD at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom 2018 competition held in Belfast but BEST SMALL TOWN IN BRITAIN!!…that’s right… BRITAIN!!

Congratulations to Graham Price and all the Kingsbridge In Bloom volunteer team for their hard work, tenacity, loyalty and enthusiasm – the judges reported they had never given such a high mark for the ‘Community Participation’ section!  They also said that the judging tour on August 6th this year “didn’t just start with a ‘WOW’ but was a continuous stream of highs throughout and demonstrated what Bloom can achieve in 10 years – you have completely transformed your town!”

But we all know KIB never rest on their laurels (in fact, do they ever rest?) because next year sees the town up for the top prize, to be crowned absolute ‘Champion of Champions’ at the finals of Britain in Bloom.  This means competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Durham and Jersey.  So next spring when you are out and about and you see the army of blue tee-shirts in the town square, beavering amongst the beds, give them a wave and a shout of encouragement because you know how darn hard they will all be working for Kingsbridge!