Recognition for community heroes at Pride of Tendring Awards 2020

Stalwarts of the community from right across Tendring were recognised at a glitzy ceremony for the Pride of Tendring awards 2020.

Those receiving accolades came from a broad range of charities and organisations, as well as some individuals, from throughout the district, and received their awards before more than 200 people at the glittering ceremony at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, on Friday, 28 February.  Organised by Tendring District Council (TDC) for the ninth time, the annual awards shine a light on some of those who do so much in the local community.


This year the Pride of Tendring awards were sponsored by Orsted along with East of England Co-op Funeral Services, and supported by the Princes Theatre and Beth Chatto Plants and Gardens.


Entertainment was provided by the cast of Godspell from the Princes Youth Theatre, Bethany Lawes on piano, and Harwich Sing Tendring Voices.


The award recipients were all nominated by Tendring district councillors and the evening was hosted by county councillor Alan Goggin.  Dan Land, TDC Chairman, said all the recipients all work exceptionally hard in their community and expect no reward. 

“Those appearing tonight do not ask for recognition or reward; but nonetheless they are so deserving of these accolades, which are just a small thank you for everything that they do,” Cllr Land said.  “Each and every one has made a difference – an actual, visible, positive difference – in their community, and for that a lot of people are grateful.”


The event raised £1,400 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, one of Cllr Land’s chosen charities for his term in office.



Picture credit: JRM Photography


Nominations Open For Fifth Tendring Youth Awards

NOMINATIONS are opening early in 2020 ahead of the fifth Tendring Youth Awards.  The awards aim to celebrate achievements by inspiring young people who live, study or work in Tendring, across a wide range of categories, as well as adults who support them. The nominations process has been brought forward in 2020 as the organising committee recognised some people needed more time to put forward youngsters, and to allow for a smoother running of the whole process.


Once again Harwich Haven Authority is welcomed as headline sponsors for the awards, which are supported by Tendring District Council and Essex County Council.  Other sponsors so far include Galloper Wind Farm, Tendring Careline, the Princes Theatre and Nova Training, while the awards are also supported by Clacton Pier and the Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette and the Harwich and Manningtree Standard.


Youth groups can also be nominated, and categories recognise academic achievement, inspirational caring, work in the community and efforts to help the environment, among others.  A panel of judges assess the nominations after the deadline of Friday, 24 April, and compile a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to a glitzy presentation evening at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on 7 July.


Karen O’Connor, Tendring Youth Awards Chairwoman, said despite having been involved every year, she never failed to be surprised by the quality of nominations.

“Each year I am inspired by the achievements of young people in our district,” Karen said.  “There are many amazing young people – and adults who support them – doing wonderful things and these awards are to celebrate those people; as well as youth in general.  However, we can only do that with your help – we can only recognise people you tell us about. So I would urge you to think about young people you know or work with, and nominate them – there’s no limit to the number of nominations you can make.”


To nominate someone for a Tendring Youth Award, complete an online nomination form at or download a form and submit it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – alternatively you can fill it out and return it by post to Tendring Youth Awards (Nominations), Town Hall, Clacton, CO15 1SE.




Volunteer (Young Person aged 11-21)

This award recognises the volunteering efforts of young people as an individual or as part of a group.

Arts (Young Person/group aged 11-21) – Sponsored by the Princes Theatre

This award showcases the creative potential of a young person or group in any respect of the arts, including Creative (i.e. drawing or writing), Expressive (i.e. dancing or theatre) or Applied (i.e. product design or textiles).

Community Improvement (Young Person aged 8-21) – Sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority

This award celebrates an individual or group who has significantly contributed to their community. It includes a bursary from the sponsor to enable the winners to continue to develop their initiative.

Young Carer (Young Person aged 8-18) – Sponsored by Tendring Careline

This award recognises a young person who helps look after a relative or friend who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.

Learning Achievement (Young Person aged 11-21) – Sponsored by Tendring District Council

This award rewards the hard work and perseverance of a young person who has succeeded in their chosen subject or subjects, showing their determination to achieve their learning goals.

Outstanding Achievement (Young Person aged 11-21) – Sponsored by Essex County Council

The Outstanding Achievement category is all about celebrating an individual or group of young people achieving in any discipline or field. Achievements must be significant and exceed the norm.

Personal Achievement (Young Person aged 8-21) – Sponsored by Nova Training

This award is given in recognition that some young people overcome huge difficulties to achieve success. Obstacles might include problems in their family, social, educational, health or work lives.

The Environmental Initiative Award (Young Person/group aged 8-21) – Sponsored by Galloper Wind Farm

Celebrating those who have significantly contributed to improving or caring for the environment.  This award includes a bursary from the sponsors to enable the winners to continue and develop their environmental initiatives into the future.

Unsung Hero (Adult) – Sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority

This award is given in recognition the efforts of an individual (adult) to support young people to achieve their full potential, through volunteering, mentoring, coaching or work.

Committee’s Award

This award is given to one of those shortlisted for an award, in any category, that stands out for special acknowledgement.


Pictured below: Last years winners (Picture: Matt Cattermole)




Free Healthy Fun

The CVS Tendring Health & Wellbeing Day 2020 is coming to Jaywick Community Resource Centre, Jaywick Sands on Saturday 29 February, 10am – 3pm and is promising to be a day full of fun with tips, tasters, info and demonstrations all about how to lead a healthy happy life!


All ages are welcome to come along to this FREE event and try out various therapies including guided relaxation, hand massage, reiki and tai chi to name just some.  There will also be ACE health checks available, a free raffle and exhibitors from local health organisations and businesses will on hand to give advice and information about their services. Exhibitors include Active Essex, Citizens Advice Tendring, Essex Carers Support, Carers First, Essex Fire Service, Homestart Colchester, Jaywick Toddler Group, Jaywick Mens Shed, and CVS Tendring  Social Prescribing, Winter Resilience and HILL teams.


A free brochure containing the details of all the exhibitors will be given to all visitors.


There is no need to book on this free event, just turn up and come in!  Along with free entry there will be a free prize draw for everyone who attends and the first prize is a £30 Morrisons voucher. Please contact CVS Tendring for more details on 01255 425692 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit






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