Hello all,

And welcome to  a look back over the last couple of months – and forward to the next...

Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Awards

It's been a few busy weeks across the Valley, culminating last week in the switching on of the Christmas lights by non other than the VGS Community Champions Award winner.

Talking to the Herald, Cllr Ian Barlow said he was pleased to see Di Fuller doing the honours: “She’s an outstanding person that has given our community a huge amount of help over the last 18 months and it was great to see her doing it.”

And that was very much the point of the Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Awards – to honour those who have gone out of their way to help out during these difficult times. And at the end of October, the Awards were presented at a celebratory ceremony at Kennaway House, attended by almost all the nominees and special guests.

It was great to see so many very worthy folk gathered – with a list of all those who were nominated for an Award here – and a gallery of photos from the event here.

The winners and runners-up were chosen by the panel of judges made up of Cllr Chris Lockyear, Prof Brian Golding (represented at the Awards ceremony by Richard Eley, of the Chamber of Commerce) and Chris Woodruff, of the East Devon AONB:

  • Community Award Winner: Di Fuller (Sid Valley Help)

  • Community Award Runner Up: Woolbrook News

  • Resilience Award Winner: Kyle Baker Photography

  • Resilience Award Runner Up: Sidmouth Primary School

  • Sustainability Award Winner: Sidmouth Plastic Warriors

  • Sustainability Award Runner Up: Fillfull Shop, Sidmouth

And because of the many excellent nominations received, the VGS decided to make some additional awards, which are:

  • Chairman’s Award: Sidmouth Voluntary Services

  • Highly Commended: Sid Valley Practice

  • Special Mention: Thomas Franklin

As VGS Chair Peter Murphy said, “The response to the Champions Awards far exceeded our expectations, and showed the enthusiasm throughout our community for recognising the major role volunteers played during lockdown, to keep the wheels turning on so many new fronts.”

Annual General Meeting

With the theme of looking back over the last year and forward to the next, this year's short and focussed AGM will be happening on Thursday 9th December at 7pm, including officer reports and the VGS accounts.

The Chair will be considering briefly the achievements of the year and how the VGS might further build on these new contacts and relationships in establishing an activity and project agenda for 2022.

With that in mind, the focus will be on planning for a larger-scale meeting in the New Year – to gather collaborators to share ideas & visions and consider the challenges & opportunities ahead.

For more details on the AGM, see here. And to join on zoom or for further information, contact the Secretary at

Hope to see you there!


All the best, The VGS team.                                                                     



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