Nominated this year for the Good Neighbours category are:
Phil & Chris Stead
Phil and Chris are very young at heart pensioners, who genuinely care about the well-being of their neighbours and the community they live in. For many years they have been pro-active in supporting their neighbours in their elderly housing complex, providing weekly lunch clubs with home cooked meals, games afternoons, organising & hosting special events e.g. singers & refreshments, exercise afternoons, and other activities to promote good well-being, even cooking a community meal on Christmas Day for those residents who don’t have families. They fund raise themselves for special events and to buy plants and flowers for the entrance and sitting area to make it look bright and cheery for residents and visitors. They are always on hand to help their neighbours.
Pauline is the leading light of a diverse group of residents at the Norwood flats in Shipley who each year transform their communal garden into a blooming oasis. The secluded garden includes fruit trees, new picnic bench seating, garden ornaments, bird boxes and a water feature. The flats have had their problems in the past with ASB but through everyone’s hard work this ‘colourful corner’ brings neighbours together and has lifted the whole area. Pauline is truly inspiring and wants to spend everyday in the garden.She is always encouraging those around her to pick up a trowel and shovel. As well as creating a space for everyone to enjoy.
For the past 13 years, Margaret has regularly collected litter along the River Aire near where she lives. She fastens bin bags to fences and posts along the path for people to use. Not everybody uses the bags and Margaret picks up other people’s rubbish along the path. Sometimes the bags are filled overnight. Despite Margaret’s mobility problems, she carries the filled bags to where they can be disposed of correctly. Margaret has to split heavier bags to make the loads lighter or carry them part way and return later when feeling strong enough. Margaret is an inspirational character and has long been doing by herself the work that the Litter Free and Plastic Free groups have now realised is vital.