Congratulations to award winners Charlie Smith (young champion) and Gina Spacie (community champion) who received their trophies from Nic Dakin MP at the Messingham Show.

Nick Dakin MP hands Charlie his award

Individual winner: Charlie Smith

Charlie, who has Cerebral Palsy, won this inaugural Community Champion Young Person award for his hard work and amazing ‘can do’ attitude.

Charlie does a number of activities outside of school including swimming, gymnastics, martial arts and football, which is easy to see that he enjoys so much. His smiles say it all. You will never hear Charlie say he can’t do something and you will always see him doing his very best in everything he does. He’s an inspiration to us all, proving that we’ll face our own challenges in life, but only we can decide how we deal with them and that hard work pays off.

Community champion first place – Gina Spacie

Gina (centre) receives her award along with the runners up and sponsors

Gina edited and managed the delivery of Messingham Village magazine for 18 years. She took over the Parish magazine increasing its circulation to 500 copes per month, including increasing advertising revenue to pay for the production costs.

Many residents new and old have found the magazine very useful to find local trades and services and even made friends through it.

Nominated by Frances Malies (New editor of Village Magazine)

Second place – Allison Parker

Allison organises many events for children and families in the local community. Like Easter egg hunts and Halloween trails, Messingham Junior FC and Little Imps Christmas Fayre. This is in addition to having a job and young family. Allison’s efforts bring the whole community together.

Nominated by Emma Hebdige

Third place – Jean McDonald

Jean has supported Little Imps for a number of years. She visits every week whereby the children look forward to & love her visits, as they enjoy play time with Jean. She also supports local fundraising events for Little Imps by providing cake and raffle prizes. Jean on other days of the week visits the primary school to read with children. And to top the week off on Friday nights at the village hall she calls out bingo numbers – not for the children.

Nominated by Deborah Gelder (Awards sponsor not judge)

The judging of these fantastic ladies was not easy as they are all assets to the community but there can be only one winner. The final scores were so close resulting in just two points separating third from second place and two points separating second from first place.

Thank you’s

We would like to thank the Parish Council for support and guidance, plus the Show for showcasing the awards.

Also thanks to the judging panel Neil Marriott, Ian Pike (from Kent), Helen Frost (sponsor and resident) and presentation by Nic Dakin (MP).


Also thanks to our sponsors Little Imps Day care, Body Shop at home by Helen Frost, Old School Cafe and Antiques and finally Messingham Martial Arts. IkQ0V%�ڿ��