Civic Society wins a National Award

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Recognition for the men behind the MUGA project

Addingham Civic Society received their award for raising over £125,000 for a multi-use games area (MUGA) for the local area and for their outstanding contribution to the civic movement at a ceremony in Parliament on Tuesday 2nd December. The Marsh Christian Trust made the awards to two Civic Society groups and one individual at a meeting of the 70 strong All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies.

Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust said “A huge congratulations to all the Civic Voice winners. We set up the Marsh Civic Awards to recognise and support these sorts of grass roots volunteer initiatives and it’s a credit to the work done by Civic Voice volunteers that this year we needed to expand the number of Awards we gave out”.

Laura Sandys MP, Chair of the APPG for Civic Societies said “I offer my warmest congratulations to each of these deserved winners. The strength of the civic society movement lies in the diversity of groups that are involved. Whether it is Addingham supporting sports in their village or Ramsgate restoring promenade shelters, the common theme is people caring about where they live and making a real difference. I very much hope hope that other communities across the country can take inspiration from them.”

Presenting the award to Keith Appleyard and Mike Bolton of Addingham Civic Society, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP said:

“It was a proud moment for me, as the local MP, to welcome Mike and Keith to Westminster to receive this exceedingly well-deserved award on behalf of Addingham Civic Society. The Multi-Use Games Area is now a hugely cherished community resource, and stands as a shining testament to the efforts of the wonderful volunteers behind it. Addingham Civic Society is a model of its kind and local residents are right to take great pride in its achievements.”

Dr Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice finished by saying “The awards recognise the fantastic work that community groups do in supporting and encouraging civic pride. The civic movement is at the heart of the local community and environment. We are grateful to the Marsh Christian Trust for running these awards.”

The Addingham MUGA is now in full swing, with youngsters using it at every opportunity and with a well supported Sunday Junior Soccer Club (a football coaching programme for boys and girls) on a Sunday morning that is in such demand that some evening sessions may need to be set up to cope with the numbers. Ilkley Tennis Club is running a tennis coaching programme for Addingham youngsters and ‘Rusty Racquets’ on a Saturday that is also at capacity. Future plans include setting up a netball team with support from Netball England and for Addingham Cricket Club to use the MUGA for winter training.

Photograph shows (L to R):

Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust

Laura Sandys MP, Chair of the APPG for Civic Societies

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins

Mike Bolton, Trustee, Addingham Civic Society

Keith Appleyard, Chair of Trustees, Addingham Civic Society


Photograph by Kevin Trickett

Addingham Civic Society