BURY’S unsung heroes have been celebrated with Community Stars Awards.

Six Town Housing hosted its annual ceremony at Bury Town Hall, recognising local residents who go the extra mile to improve the lives of others.

More than 100 people attended the awards to showcase people who live, work or volunteer within a property managed by Six Town Housing on behalf of Bury Council across the borough as well as those making a difference in surrounding communities.

Sharon McCambridge, chief executive at Six Town Housing said, “There were nominations for 56 individuals and groups this year, all of whom work hard to improve communities or make a difference to the lives of others.

“They are real local heroes, but many do what they do without any recognition or reward, so a key aim of these awards is to showcase all the fantastic things they do for other people and show them how appreciated they are - it’s a real feel-good event for everyone who attends.”

The event was opened by the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Dorothy Gunther, and attendees were entertained by performing arts students from Bury College.

Cllr Gunther said, “I was proud to open this event on behalf of Six Town Housing, having been associated with them over the years and playing a part in their creation.

Each year, their Community Star Awards showcase just how inclusive people in Bury are.”

Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, Bury’s Cabinet Member for Housing, presented the winners with their awards. He said, “It was a real pleasure to attend the Community Stars awards. It’s not often that we get the chance to celebrate the successes of the unsung heroes in our communities, many of whom carry out so much great work without any expectation of


“Housing is far more than bricks and mortar – it’s about creating, nurturing and galvanising neighbourhoods and communities.

“In short, it is about the people, not simply the property. I was delighted to meet the award-winners and thank them for their dedication and commitment to continue making this borough a wonderful place to live in.”

Winners were:

Retirement Living Award - Waverley Place Social Club

Inspirational Individual - Freda Gregory

Good Neighbour Award - Marion Hill

Best Environmental Initiative - Chesham Fold Gardening Scheme

Volunteer of the Year Award - Kate Walker

Young Rising Star Award - Angel-Lee Heaps and Oliver Heaps

Success Story - Ann Collier

Safer/Improved Community Award - Abbey Close TRA

Brenda Headley Special Recognition Award - Helena Donegan