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The first ever Lichfield Live Community Awards attracted more than 200 nominations across the five categories.

Chair of the judging panel, Paul Groves, praised the high quality of the nominations and said each judge had been impressed with the response and had faced a tough call on all of the categories.

“Reading each of the individual nominations was inspiring, uplifting and emotional.

“The judges were all amazed at the number of nominations but also commented on how difficult it must have to been to come up with a shortlist, let alone our task of picking a winner in each category.

“In the end we all agreed on not only presented an overall winner in each category, but also a Highly Commended judge’s pick for one of the other nominees.

“The quality was so high we faced a very tough call.”

Paul Groves

Richard Winterton Auctioneers is sponsoring the inaugural Lichfield Live Community Awards and the winners will be announced during a special online ceremony on September 18.

“These awards are all about shining the spotlight on people and organisations who have shown compassion for others, great initiative and positivity in the face of this incredibly difficult time

“It’s a showcase for individuals and businesses who have gone the extra mile – frequently literally – to be the very best they can in the most trying of circumstances.”

Richard Winterton

As a local family-run firm with its origins in Staffordshire dating back to 1864, Richard Winterton Auctioneers felt it was fitting it became the title sponsor of the inaugural celebration.

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From early beginnings in the Smithfield livestock market in Lichfield, the seventh generation of the family now runs the business from The Lichfield Auction Centre and handles regular general, specialist and fine art auctions together with bespoke house clearance, probate and valuation services.

The team at Lichfield Live are delighted to welcome Richard Winterton Auctioneers as title sponsors and have also been impressed with the response from other local business and organisation, as well as the people of Lichfield, in supporting the new awards scheme.

“It is fantastic for the inaugural awards to have such a long-established and family-run firm as our title sponsors.

“Richard Winterton Auctioneers has been very active in our community for a number of years and the company’s support of our awards is further evidence of its commitment to Lichfield and the surrounding district.

“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of support the awards have generated. Each of our award sponsors have been very keen to show their backing for the community.

“We would also like to thank all those who are helping ensure our inaugural awards night will be a fitting tribute to all the amazing work that continues to take place, as well as our judging panel.

“We intend to make the Lichfield Live Community Awards an annual event and the support we have enjoyed so far shows how strong community spirit is across the district.”

Paul Groves

Other local firms and organisation are sponsoring individual categories in the Lichfield Live Community Awards and there has been a very encouraging number of nominations for the massive community effort that has taken place across Lichfield District during the pandemic.

  • Award:Best voluntary organisation. Sponsor: Chase & District Memorial Park
  • Award:Random act of kindness. Sponsor: Friends of Friary Grange
  • Award:Best leadership. Sponsor: Secura Labels
  • Award:Best local business. Sponsor: A-Plan Insurance Lichfield
  • Award:Best professional. Sponsor: UK Stoneworx.

Lichfield Live’s Panel of Judges were: Kathy Coe MBE(founder of Pathway), the Very Rev Adrian Dorber, (Dean of Lichfield Cathedral), Louie Clegg, (Best of Lichfield), Kristen Lackajis(Editor at Citylife in Lichfield), and Paul Groves.

As well as the awards categories above there will also be a People’s Choice Award voted by you during the awards show. We’re looking for the best lockdown house decoration!

Send in your photos of your rainbows, teddy bears, NHS and frontline worker thanks and tune in live to vote for your favourites.

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