Community Pride: Do you know someone who deserves praise for making York a better place?

Lawrence Christensen

Lawrence Christensen

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

IF you know someone who deserves praise for making York a better place, it’s up to you to make sure they are recognised.

That is the message from the main sponsor of this year’s Community Pride awards, which is urging people to nominate their community heroes for the awards.

It’s the fifth year Benenden Healthcare have supported Community Pride, and marketing director Lawrence Christensen said the decision to sponsor the ceremony once again was an easy one.

He said: “As a mutual society our whole business model is about community and Community Pride is the jewel in the crown of what we do locally.”

The awards recognise the quiet heroes of York who, as volunteers, fundraisers, teachers, parents, children, public sector workers and many others, make the city a better place.

Lawrence added: “The wealth of nominations is incredible, and the stories that come through are unbelievable.

“There people who live amongst us who deserve at least one night of the year when they are the stars.”

But the awards rely on people putting their heroes forward and making sure their inspirational stories are heard.

“I want people to get involved and make nominations.

“If you know someone and don’t put them forward, then maybe nobody will put them forward and their story will never get told as it deserves to be.”

Community Pride culminates in an awards evening in October, which Lawrence describes as an emotional celebration for the city.

“It’s a high, and a real celebration of everything that stands for York,” he added.

And even though not everyone can be a winner in their category, for the last two years Lawrence and his fellow judges have been so bowled over by the tales of dedication and heroism that they have created new awards which are announced on the night to recognise very special people who might otherwise not get a mention.

All nominees must live in, or contribute to life in, the City of York Council area.

Three finalists from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony when the winners will be revealed.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit yorkpress.co.uk/pride. Entries close on Friday, July 18, 2014.

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10:36am Wed 12 Mar 14

X5019c says...

Not James Alexander!
Not James Alexander! X5019c
  • Score: -19

10:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

BL2 says...

Anyone who stands up to and overturns the madness of the current council would get my vote!
Anyone who stands up to and overturns the madness of the current council would get my vote! BL2
  • Score: -21

10:48am Wed 12 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

Definitely nothing to do with labour....
Definitely nothing to do with labour.... Oyy you
  • Score: -17

11:44am Wed 12 Mar 14

Jazzper says...

Someone who could sort out the traffic lights timing in York would get my vote!
Someone who could sort out the traffic lights timing in York would get my vote! Jazzper
  • Score: -30

11:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.
The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -29

12:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TheotherChucklebrother says...

Alf 'Curly' Douglass should be recognised for serving west York with ice cream for 50 years, top bloke!
Alf 'Curly' Douglass should be recognised for serving west York with ice cream for 50 years, top bloke! TheotherChucklebrother
  • Score: 2

1:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.
Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.[/p][/quote]Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two? Teabag1
  • Score: 26

1:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Teabag1 wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.
Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?
Yes that’s right... I’m going to speed at 70mph down a cul-de-sac.. I think my car could manage that… oh wait if the said cul-de-sac was longer then 30meters long!!!!! You know it’s a good job there are now hundreds of signs saying 20mph now otherwise me as a fully qualified driver might forget what the limit is… I mean I only took a test… I’d much rather the city is scattered with these signs that will get vandalised and rot and make the city look sh@te.

I remember reading how many children have been knocked down by cars this year due to speeding in residential areas. Can you remind me how many it was? NONE!

Get with the real word what does a 20mph sign do when you can not enforce it, and you can not get over 20mph in the area? Its a f@@kin waste of cash that could for example cut the adult health care deficit by 500k!!!! So by putting signs up that will save no lives you are putting hundreds other others at risk... well done... mong.
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.[/p][/quote]Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?[/p][/quote]Yes that’s right... I’m going to speed at 70mph down a cul-de-sac.. I think my car could manage that… oh wait if the said cul-de-sac was longer then 30meters long!!!!! You know it’s a good job there are now hundreds of signs saying 20mph now otherwise me as a fully qualified driver might forget what the limit is… I mean I only took a test… I’d much rather the city is scattered with these signs that will get vandalised and rot and make the city look sh@te. I remember reading how many children have been knocked down by cars this year due to speeding in residential areas. Can you remind me how many it was? NONE! Get with the real word what does a 20mph sign do when you can not enforce it, and you can not get over 20mph in the area? Its a f@@kin waste of cash that could for example cut the adult health care deficit by 500k!!!! So by putting signs up that will save no lives you are putting hundreds other others at risk... well done... mong. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -26

1:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Still think liebour should be awarded it.........
Thi k of all the costly vanity projects ...
Certain thats given all york residents a sense of community pride........NOT
Still think liebour should be awarded it......... Thi k of all the costly vanity projects ... Certain thats given all york residents a sense of community pride........NOT piaggio1
  • Score: -28

3:33pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Platform3 says...

Cllrs Merret and Semlyen for their unyielding stand in the face of overwhelming opposition to their transport policies.
(Sorry - misread the headline! I based the nomination thinking I was proposing those who make York a "bitter" place.)
Cllrs Merret and Semlyen for their unyielding stand in the face of overwhelming opposition to their transport policies. (Sorry - misread the headline! I based the nomination thinking I was proposing those who make York a "bitter" place.) Platform3
  • Score: -26

4:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Still think liebour should be awarded it.........
Thi k of all the costly vanity projects ...
Certain thats given all york residents a sense of community pride........NOT
As it were.
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Still think liebour should be awarded it......... Thi k of all the costly vanity projects ... Certain thats given all york residents a sense of community pride........NOT[/p][/quote]As it were. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 14

5:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

imassey says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
Teabag1 wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.
Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?
Yes that’s right... I’m going to speed at 70mph down a cul-de-sac.. I think my car could manage that… oh wait if the said cul-de-sac was longer then 30meters long!!!!! You know it’s a good job there are now hundreds of signs saying 20mph now otherwise me as a fully qualified driver might forget what the limit is… I mean I only took a test… I’d much rather the city is scattered with these signs that will get vandalised and rot and make the city look sh@te.

I remember reading how many children have been knocked down by cars this year due to speeding in residential areas. Can you remind me how many it was? NONE!

Get with the real word what does a 20mph sign do when you can not enforce it, and you can not get over 20mph in the area? Its a f@@kin waste of cash that could for example cut the adult health care deficit by 500k!!!! So by putting signs up that will save no lives you are putting hundreds other others at risk... well done... mong.
So, you advocate vandalism? That's very community spirited.
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.[/p][/quote]Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?[/p][/quote]Yes that’s right... I’m going to speed at 70mph down a cul-de-sac.. I think my car could manage that… oh wait if the said cul-de-sac was longer then 30meters long!!!!! You know it’s a good job there are now hundreds of signs saying 20mph now otherwise me as a fully qualified driver might forget what the limit is… I mean I only took a test… I’d much rather the city is scattered with these signs that will get vandalised and rot and make the city look sh@te. I remember reading how many children have been knocked down by cars this year due to speeding in residential areas. Can you remind me how many it was? NONE! Get with the real word what does a 20mph sign do when you can not enforce it, and you can not get over 20mph in the area? Its a f@@kin waste of cash that could for example cut the adult health care deficit by 500k!!!! So by putting signs up that will save no lives you are putting hundreds other others at risk... well done... mong.[/p][/quote]So, you advocate vandalism? That's very community spirited. imassey
  • Score: 12

5:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Diogenes2 says...

I nominate James Alexander for making York into a laughing stock across the world.
His foolish vanity projects, charging innocent tourists for crossing Lendal Bridge, the King's Square mess, Exhibition Square he will soon destroy....
What next? Making the Minster a hotel with lots of bus stops? More taxi ranks?
Even more spy cameras?
I nominate James Alexander for making York into a laughing stock across the world. His foolish vanity projects, charging innocent tourists for crossing Lendal Bridge, the King's Square mess, Exhibition Square he will soon destroy.... What next? Making the Minster a hotel with lots of bus stops? More taxi ranks? Even more spy cameras? Diogenes2
  • Score: -21

5:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Diogenes2 says...

Diogenes2 wrote:
I nominate James Alexander for making York into a laughing stock across the world.
His foolish vanity projects, charging innocent tourists for crossing Lendal Bridge, the King's Square mess, Exhibition Square he will soon destroy....
What next? Making the Minster a hotel with lots of bus stops? More taxi ranks?
Even more spy cameras?
I should add his cabinet too!
[quote][p][bold]Diogenes2[/bold] wrote: I nominate James Alexander for making York into a laughing stock across the world. His foolish vanity projects, charging innocent tourists for crossing Lendal Bridge, the King's Square mess, Exhibition Square he will soon destroy.... What next? Making the Minster a hotel with lots of bus stops? More taxi ranks? Even more spy cameras?[/p][/quote]I should add his cabinet too! Diogenes2
  • Score: -24

6:45pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

imassey wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote:
Teabag1 wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.
Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?
Yes that’s right... I’m going to speed at 70mph down a cul-de-sac.. I think my car could manage that… oh wait if the said cul-de-sac was longer then 30meters long!!!!! You know it’s a good job there are now hundreds of signs saying 20mph now otherwise me as a fully qualified driver might forget what the limit is… I mean I only took a test… I’d much rather the city is scattered with these signs that will get vandalised and rot and make the city look sh@te.

I remember reading how many children have been knocked down by cars this year due to speeding in residential areas. Can you remind me how many it was? NONE!

Get with the real word what does a 20mph sign do when you can not enforce it, and you can not get over 20mph in the area? Its a f@@kin waste of cash that could for example cut the adult health care deficit by 500k!!!! So by putting signs up that will save no lives you are putting hundreds other others at risk... well done... mong.
So, you advocate vandalism? That's very community spirited.
Yep. I kill children in my car and encourage vandalism. Or maybe it could be seen as vandalism when these signs are put at the end of a nice street ruining any nice look all the blossom trees had. As for community spirit I'm stick my neck out and say I do far more then you'd expect.
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: The youths involved with knocking down the 20mph signs. They are providing a free community service.[/p][/quote]Why so you can speed and knock down a child or two?[/p][/quote]Yes that’s right... I’m going to speed at 70mph down a cul-de-sac.. I think my car could manage that… oh wait if the said cul-de-sac was longer then 30meters long!!!!! You know it’s a good job there are now hundreds of signs saying 20mph now otherwise me as a fully qualified driver might forget what the limit is… I mean I only took a test… I’d much rather the city is scattered with these signs that will get vandalised and rot and make the city look sh@te. I remember reading how many children have been knocked down by cars this year due to speeding in residential areas. Can you remind me how many it was? NONE! Get with the real word what does a 20mph sign do when you can not enforce it, and you can not get over 20mph in the area? Its a f@@kin waste of cash that could for example cut the adult health care deficit by 500k!!!! So by putting signs up that will save no lives you are putting hundreds other others at risk... well done... mong.[/p][/quote]So, you advocate vandalism? That's very community spirited.[/p][/quote]Yep. I kill children in my car and encourage vandalism. Or maybe it could be seen as vandalism when these signs are put at the end of a nice street ruining any nice look all the blossom trees had. As for community spirit I'm stick my neck out and say I do far more then you'd expect. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -25

6:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Diogenes2 wrote:
I nominate James Alexander for making York into a laughing stock across the world.
His foolish vanity projects, charging innocent tourists for crossing Lendal Bridge, the King's Square mess, Exhibition Square he will soon destroy....
What next? Making the Minster a hotel with lots of bus stops? More taxi ranks?
Even more spy cameras?
You read my last post on another article!! Haha. It read the same.
[quote][p][bold]Diogenes2[/bold] wrote: I nominate James Alexander for making York into a laughing stock across the world. His foolish vanity projects, charging innocent tourists for crossing Lendal Bridge, the King's Square mess, Exhibition Square he will soon destroy.... What next? Making the Minster a hotel with lots of bus stops? More taxi ranks? Even more spy cameras?[/p][/quote]You read my last post on another article!! Haha. It read the same. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -19

10:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

nowthen says...

Do you know someone who deserves praise for making York a better place? Yes ! All those of the electorate who can't stand disengagement, disenfranchisement, spin, deceit, lies, dogma, vanity, arrogance, incompetence and who WON'T vote Labour at the next elections.
Do you know someone who deserves praise for making York a better place? Yes ! All those of the electorate who can't stand disengagement, disenfranchisement, spin, deceit, lies, dogma, vanity, arrogance, incompetence and who WON'T vote Labour at the next elections. nowthen
  • Score: -23

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