Broadland celebrates community heroes

Community at Heart 2021 winners

Broadland District Council’s seventh annual Community at Heart Awards were presented on Friday night (15 October).

The awards, sponsored by Price Bailey, recognise the invaluable work of volunteers, individuals, businesses and community groups who work tirelessly to help others and ensure the most vulnerable in our communities are kept safe and well.

Cllr Shaun Vincent, Leader of Broadland District Council said:

“I found the stories of kindness and community spirit we heard during the evening inspirational and uplifting, and I would like to give my heart-felt congratulations to all our winners, finalists and nominees.

"As a Council, we are committed to supporting and empowering community projects and volunteer groups to flourish and achieve their aspirations and these awards are fundamental in recognising our community’s achievements.”

John Warren, Partner at Price Bailey said:

“Even after 5 years of being involved with the Broadland Community at Heart Awards, I am still staggered at the generosity and kindness shown by people in the Broadland community. We saw, yet again, some fantastic individuals recognised for their efforts during a brilliant awards evening; congratulations too to all those nominated.”

This year’s ceremony was livestreamed and is available to watch on Broadland District Council’s YouTube Channel.

For more information on this year’s winners please visit

2021 winners:

Clare Lincoln won Inspiration of the Year, sponsored by Clarion Futures, for her work on Sprowston Youth Engagement Project.

Young Hero of the Year (aged 18 or under), sponsored by HSBC, was presented to Amber Sheehy, who has courageously battled cancer and meningitis.

Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Price Bailey, was awarded to David Weaver for his tireless efforts at Broadland Country Park.

Annika Musgrave took home the Helping Hand Award, sponsored by Castlemeadow Care, for her dedicated work with Thorpe Helping Hands.

Taverham & Drayton Litter Pickers won our Green at Heart award for its work looking after the environment, including its volunteers’ almost 700 hours dedicated to the cause.

Business Community Support of the Year was awarded to Marcus Pearcey from Blofield Farm Shop who arranged for vulnerable people to have weekly meals delivered including Christmas dinner and a present on Christmas Day.

Community Group of the Year, sponsored by Co-Op East of England, went to Thorpe Marriot, Taverham & Drayton Covid-19 Help Group for its work coordinating a team of volunteers to help those most in need in the local area.

Lorraine Curston was named this year's Community Hero for her work with Dawn’s New Horizon.

Emma Sturman received a Special Recognition Award for her efforts to protect the environment, paddling along the Broads collecting litter, and founding Norfolk Beach Cleans.

The other Special Recognition Award of the night was presented to Mike Snowling MBE, who has made a real difference to people in Broadland through his 23 years serving as a district councillor.

Published: 19 October 2021