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Who did you nominate for The Lockdown Awards?

So who has been nominated for our Lockdown Awards and how do you vote for them? Find out more!

The final nominations are in for our Lockdown Awards for individuals who have gone above and beyond in helping other during the pandemic and there have been quite a few last minute nominees! All very exciting. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated and thanks so much to everyone who took the time to send them in.

Our nominations are as follows:

Debs Bonfield of Manic Ceramics in Hertford and her team for supporting hundreds of local vulnerable families with their Hertfood project.

Gabrielle Hanley for running three choirs, Kaleidos (ladies choir), Broxbourne Community Choir (for mixed voices) and Armchair Singers (for people with breathing difficulties) throughout the pandemic, weekly via zoom on an entirely voluntary basis and keeping people going with her enthusiasm. 

Charlie Herod in Stanstead Abbotts for helping and co-ordinating many different community projects, including helping with the Stanstead Abbotts Community Hamper Project and fundraising for St Andrew’s School.

Natalie Brown, a midwife, living in Hertford and working at Princess Alexandra in Harlow. “Throughout this Pandemic she has gone above and beyond for her women. Also covering her team member who is having to shield and unable to work. Natalie stays late to get everything done nearly every shift. She really is amazing.” 

The Reverend Sally Dryden, vicar at Holy Trinity in Hertford Heath, for supporting the local community during the pandemic.

Mickey, Charlie and Emma Bullen in Stanstead Abbotts for delivering food to the elderly and vulnerable during the lockdown in 2020 with no profit to themselves “and always with a cheery greeting”.

Listen to the latest episode of The Local Lockdown Podcast – this week features and interview with Janette Bishop on taming your Lockdown puppy – Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Susan Kiff in Hitchin and Martin Goodey and Connie Distill in Stevenage for helping and supporting Valerie Goodey after she lost her husband last year. “Sue is always at the end of the phone when I am having a bad day and my son Martin and daughter-in-law Connie who have been looking after me and keeping me safe by getting all my shopping after they finish work,” says Valerie. “Without these people I would have given up.”

Abi Williams for supporting her community by volunteering for the Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group in Hoddesdon, Ware and Hertford and helping her friend with childcare.

Craig Oakley, who runs The Oak and now The Lobster Pot in Stanstead Abbotts, for his kindness and generosity during the pandemic, offering “free food for those in need, gifted the local care home and supported other local businesses, all whilst maintaining a good spirit throughout. Definitely a community minded guy who deserves some recognition.”

[Read our other articles – The Local Lowdown podcast: Homeschooling tips with Sarah Jones of Home-School Tutors Hertfordshire]

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Who will you vote for in our Lockdown Awards? (Photo by Sydney Troxell on Pexels.com)

Glen Tamayo who is profoundly deaf and partial sighted for teaching the community sign language on a Stevenage Covid site. Glen also designed a lovely piece of Art thanking the NHS which will be placed on the appreciation wall at Lister and has applied to volunteer to help other deaf people at a Covid vaccination centre.

The nursery nurse staff at Stanstead Mill Nursery: “They have been there with smiles and love for all the children who needed childcare throughout the pandemic”.

Chloe Welch who as a home shopper for Asda “works all hours through the night to get people’s shopping out to them,” says the lady nominating her. “She also helps the local village community by doing shopping for vulnerable people and delivering it to them once she has finished work”.

Mrs Kirk the vice principle of Simon Balle School “who has lead the primary section through the pandemic with such strength and compassion, leading a team to deliver amazing home learning and provided a supportive and nurturing environment for both key workers and those at home with clever initiatives to link the two worlds.”

Ranger Stu – aka Stuart Short – for working hard to produce Ranger Stu’s virtual zoo, a fantastic free learning resource complete with YouTube videos for home learners to use which has been used by 30,000 people.

Lloyd Reid at Empower Health and Fitness in Welwyn for keeping local people active throughout lockdown, offering out the use of his equipment, supporting wellbeing and weekly zoom sessions.

Tracey Hardaker and her team at Ware & Hertford Mums Facebook Group for doing an amazing job of supporting local families during the pandemic with help, advice and jokes.

Kayleigh Short who runs the Mums Guide to Hertford Blog for working tirelessly to produce useful and supportive content for local parents and advice on how to keep the kids entertained.

Julia Davies and the East Hearts Scrub Hub who worked so hard in 2020 to produce scrubs for local hospitals and care homes.

Bethnal & Bec Luxury Retreats in Cottered for providing free shelter to women and families escaping domestic abuse during the pandemic.

Hazel Lesliethe Head Teacher of St Catherine’s Church of England Primary School in Ware for leading the staff, pupils and parents with care in a practical and sensible way through all the challenges and changes that 2020 and 2021 threw at her.

We’ve had some very generous donations of prizes from Botsford Bakery in High Cross, Debs Bonfield at Manic Ceramics, local author Vikki PatisBrothershipCherry Pie MakesSilent SentinelNira’s Tranquility Gardens and Wyldedges. Do get in touch if you’d like to donate a prize – you can email us at happeninginherts@gmail.com

Now it’s time to vote! You have a week to vote for your chosen nominees – please fill in the form below. You can vote for up to three local heroes and you must live in Hertfordshire in order to do so. Voting closes at midnight on Monday 15th February:

[Read our other articles: The Lockdown Lowdown – Home School Tutors Hertfordshire talk homeschooling tips]

Piper Terrett
Author: Piper Terrett

Editor and founder of Happeninginherts.com

Piper Terrett

Editor and founder of Happeninginherts.com

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