Civic Award winners 2023

Published: 11 October 2023

The Town Council would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2023 Civic Awards, which were presented by the Town Mayor, Cllr Patrick Bailey at the Civic Reception on Sunday 17th September 2023.

This followed the Civic Service held at St George’s Church.

The Civic Service Awards were presented in recognition of a sustained and significant contribution to the community to:

Joan Stepto and Jo Leach, for their work in setting up the U3A in Poynton in 2010 Only 12 people attended the initial informal meeting but by 2019 the U3A had a total of 520 members about 10% of the third age people in Poynton. Despite the challenges of Covid, the organisation has survived and member numbers are climbing again. This would not have been possible without Joan and Jo, the initial founders.


Gill Freeman, is a volunteer first responder with North West ambulance service (NWAS). As well as providing First Aid training and correct use of defibrillators in her spare time, Gill volunteers 32 hours a month cover in supporting the NWAS. She has provided first aid response to the community for the past 5 years. Her nominator said she is a lovely, kind, gentle person and an inspiration to others and worthy of this award.


Lynette Bowden, for her volunteering at Vernon Primary School. Lynette has helped in class, joined the PTA Committee and served as Chair for 3 years and has become a school governor. Although her daughter has left school she has continued to support the school as a governor and volunteering in the classroom.


Kath Shaw for her fundraising activities above and beyond her role as Community Champion at Morrisons in Poynton. In her spare time and using her own resources she knits festive characters, organises raffles and sponsored walks to raise money for good causes.


Judy Hatton, for her dedication and leadership running the Poynton Golden Memories Group. She works hard to bring fun and enjoyment to the lives of people living with Dementia and their carers. Without Poynton Golden Memories Group, life could become overwhelming and difficult for people living with dementia and their carers. 

Catherine Johnson 5th Poynton Guides and the Division Commissioner for Poynton, Bollington and Macclesfield.

Alison Southern 4th Poynton Guides, 3rd Poynton Rainbows and 1st Poynton Rangers

Jane McBrien 1st Poynton Rainbows

Susan Dyson 2nd Poynton Rainbows, and previously Poynton District Commissioner and once again standing in as District Commissioner.

Millie Bell from 1st Poynton Rainbows will receive her award at the Town Council meeting in December as she was not able to attend the reception.


Youth Awards

Girlguiding in Poynton produced all the nominees for the Youth Awards this year. Their young leaders are exceptional role models, and dedicate their spare time to volunteering roles to support other girls to take part in activities

Anna McBrien, Amelie Cunningham and Eilidh Lord both volunteer at 1st Poynton Rainbows

Tanya Johnson volunteers at 2nd Poynton Rainbows.


Keith Lambert—Special Recognition Award

This year sees Keith retire from his management of Mates DIY of which he has owned for nearly 40 years. His shop has provided an invaluable service to the Poynton community and also been a source of employment for many.

Although the above is a great achievement, his award is specifically for his continuous support for the community, in particular ticket sales for all community events. It has become common practice over the years to read the words 'tickets available from Mates'. In addition, Keith has supported many, in fact any community initiatives often supplying materials straight off the shelf.

Keith has provided immeasurable and continuous support for anything Poynton and we wish him a long and happy retirement.