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Dudley Council was delighted to host the annual Mayor’s Ball and Civic Awards in association with Midtherm on Friday 19 April at The Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill. The event raised over £7,000 for the Mayor's charity appeal 2023/24.  



Nominees competed for:
The Frank Foley award for community spirit

The William Shenstone award for environment
The Duncan Edwards award for sport
The Cedric Hardwicke award for arts
The Thomas Attwood award for education
The Mike Holder award for business

Each of the awards is named after a past local hero and you can find out more about them here. 


The winner of the William Shenstone award for environment, sponsored by Midtherm, went to Lloyd Stacey for playing a leading role in the renovation and establishment of Riverside House along the Stourbridge canal.

Hannah Picken took the runner-up award for her work in schools, colleges and businesses encouraging people to be more environmentally conscious.

Youth worker David Jukes won the Thomas Attwood Award for Education, sponsored by Jewson. He was recognised for his work in the community, and praised for a popular weekly bike club he runs for kids and their parents teaching road safety and helping with fitness. Judith Morris – who has given more than 60 years service to St John Ambulance teaching youngsters first aid - was named as runner-up.

The Duncan Edwards Award for Sport, sponsored by HP & Sons Construction and Restoration, went to professional boxer Ben Collins. Fighting out of a gym in Brierley Hill, he is an inspiration to youngsters and led a campaign to secure funding to supply free fruit at the gym. Martin Searle, who overcame an organ transplant to continue taking part in sport and has encouraged many others to do so, was named as runner-up.

Karen Fielder, the chief executive of The Connect Project, was the winner of the Mike Holder Award for Business, sponsored by Midtherm. The group helps the vulnerable by running foodbanks and going into homes offering advice and support on a range of topics from debts to learning new skills. Jemma Cooke, landlady of The Cabin pub in Sedgley, took the runner-up prize.

The trophy for the winner of Cedric Hardwicke Award for Arts, sponsored by Jewson, went to Alan Birch for establishing the Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival and putting Stourbridge on the international map.

Jeanette Greenaway, still singing and dancing well into her 70s after performing with am dram group Startime Variety for more than 50 years, walked away with the runner-up prize.

College lecturer and charity fundraiser Phil Brooks was the winner of the Frank Foley Award for Community Spirit, sponsored by HP & Sons Construction and Restoration. The Dudley College photography lecturer has led students and staff on mountain climbs and has helped raise thousands for the charity Ronnie & Friends to help bereaved parents.

Aimee Garratt, who overcame the tragic loss of a child to set up the charity, was runner-up.

The penultimate award was the Mayor’s Award, won this year by pensioner Donald Jones. The 90-year-old has dedicated his life to community service in Halesowen through the Scouts, Age Concern, Mind, the Sons of Rest and his local church. He has even completed two trips to Romania to take essential supplies.

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