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Honouring the city and residents at annual civic awards ceremony

By Kelly Wickham


People and places were celebrated last Thursday evening when the city council dished out its annual awards.


Among the winners of the Civic Awards, was Edward Milward-Oliver and Emma-Jayne Wyatt, for their hard-work on organising the Bernstein concerts.


In November, 2018, fans of Leonard Bernstein gathered at Chichester Cathedral to hear the choral masterpiece, Chichester Psalms, played and Alexander Bernstein flew in from America to sit in the audience and listen to his father’s work.


Presenting the award, Cllr Martyn Bell said: “The great thing about these events was that they involved the whole of the Chichester community from the university to schools, local choirs, the City Angels, the Four Streets Project, the elderly and the young.


“This meant a huge amount of hard work, dedication and imagination by Emma-Jayne and Edward, which, in my view, was extraordinary.”


Accepting the award, Mr Milward-Oliver said: “I’d like to thank the city council, the mayor and the councillors for honouring us. I’d like to also say thank you to all those who participated in the festival because it was down to them that it was such a success.”


Other recipients of the civic awards included women’s England rugby player Jessica Breach and singer Dawn Gracie, who has helped organise Chichester’s Pride event for this year and other promotion for the LGBTQ+ community.


Kenny Smith won a civic award after raising money for Multiple Sclerosis by cycling round Britain in 50 days in memory of his sister, who died from the illness.


For his voluntary service to local charities, Trevor James picked up an award, as did Michael and Susan Harvey, for their hard work as Chichester Priory Rotary Club members.


John Coldstream received an award for his deep involvement as a writer and presenter with the arts and culture in Chichester.


Thirteen-year-old Conor McCormack was presented with his Young Citizen’s Award by the mayor for his achievements as a national boxing champion.


“Thank you for this award. I am very proud and I would like to thank my coach at my club and the Rotary Club and Lions Club for all their fundraising,” he said.


Swanfield Community Centre, Pallant House Gallery and Sage House all picked up community awards.


Presenting Swanfield with their award, Cllr Sarah Lishman said: “Everything the centre does is done with absolute dignity and respect. From the youngest attendees to the oldest, nobody is turned away or embarrassed about their situation.


“The services offered from the youth group, coffee mornings, breakfasts and so many more mean the Swanfield Community Centre is the heart and soul of that area.”


St James’ Old Leper Hospital, which has been renovated, received a local historic interest award which Simon Trundle collected.


After renovating property before, Simon and his wife, Bernie, pledged never to buy an old house again, but after coming across the same property they felt it was God’s way of giving them a nudge.


Simon read a book all about the history of the old hospital and claimed there were several ghosts which haunt the site.


He said: “We are delighted to be there and have had such discovery. I have found a leper well and I have been digging the well for the past year.


“We are planning to have an open afternoon where people can come and see the old leper hospital and see what we have done. Thank you so much for this award.”


Award Winners


Civic Awards


Edward Milward-Oliver and Emma-Jane Wyatt
John Coldstream
Kenny Smith
Jessica Breach
Michael and Susan Harvey
Trevor James
Dawn Gracie


Young Citizens Award


Conor McCormack
Community Awards
Swanfield Community Centre
Pallant House Gallery
Sage House – Dementia Support


Heritage Award


Joy Houses
Blue Plaque
East Pallant House
Local Historic Interest
New Park Centre
St James’ Old Leper Hospital
The Canal Heritage Centre

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