CPRE Norfolk Awards 2015
The CPRE Norfolk Awards Evening was held at The Great Hospital on Thursday 24th September and was a really successful and fun evening with 130 guests filling the venue and all the short-listed entrants turning up to collect their Awards. Our President Professor O’Riordan did a terrific job as MC, Shaun Spiers CEO of CPRE was our Guest of Honour and gave a talk on the national work of CPRE which was well-received. David Hook and Ian Shepherd, two of our stalwart Executive Committee members, were also honoured with Head Office Volunteer Awards – David receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award and Ian receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. We were given good coverage by Chris Hill in the EDP on the day itself and again on Saturday. Here are some lovely photographs of the evening.
The CPRE Norfolk Awards scheme was founded in 1979 to recognise significant achievements in buildings and landscape. It is one of the longest running Awards schemes in the county and almost 500 projects have been recognised to date. A list of CPRE Norfolk Award Winners 1979-2012 has recently been compiled and it is a fascinating and encouraging read, featuring boathouses, warrens, country houses, cartsheds, churches, ha-has and moths…
The last awards in 2015 had three categories, each named after volunteers and supporters who have played an instrumental role in our activities and campaigns. The Askham Award was named after Roger Askham, and sponsored by his widow, Marie. The Boldero Award was named after Charles Boldero and sponsored by his widow, Joy. The Corbin Prize was named after Nicolas de Bazille Corbin MBE and sponsored by his widow, Helen, who also presented the prizes.
- The Askham Award for Creative Use of Existing Land or Buildings – sponsored by Cozens Hardy LLP
- Joint Winners: Great Barn, Hales Hall. Old School Wells.
- Highly Commended: Holkham Studios. Fulmodeston Broadland Housing. Trafalgar House and The Old Fire Station, Great Yarmouth.
- The Boldero Award for Access to and Interpretation of the Countryside – sponsored by Gallyons Country Clothing
- Winner: Connecting Threads, Beachamwell Footpaths.
- Highly commended: Hide and Boardwalk, Hawk and Owl Trust. Waveney and Blyth Arts.
- The Corbin Prize for Engaging Young People with the Countryside (photography)
- Senior Winner: Asha Hipperson ‘Swinging from the Sunset’
- Senior Runner-Up: Freddie Jones ‘The Albatross’
- Junior Winner: Jake Harvey ‘War Memories’
- Junior Runners-Up: Michael Yates ‘Dusk on a Long Day’. Saskia Pawlett ‘Pools Rock’