Peter Simmonett of Melbourn Parish Council, Cambridgeshire has won the prestigious QEII Community Champion Award at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November 2012.
The Fields in Trust Awards celebrated the fantastic achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge headed by its Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Mr Simmonett was nominated for his fantastic and tireless work promoting the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge in Cambridgeshire and was selected from 11 regional finalists by a judging panel including representatives from Asda, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, SITA Trust, Sport England and The Guardian.
Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an initiative to mark the great events of 2012: HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible in perpetuity as a permanent, grassroots legacy in communities across the UK and has been generously supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation.
Mr Simmonett is a local Councillor and worked exceptionally hard to achieve the position of the highest nominating Parish Council within the UK with 7 sites protected as part of the Challenge. His efforts have exceeded all expectations and through his active promotion of the programme he helped achieve nominations from neighbouring Parishes as well. Mr Simmonett and local volunteers have managed to raise £23,000 towards the improvement of their QEII Fields and his work continues to reap dividends for the local community.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: ‘If all parts of the country had a Peter Simmonett then local outdoor spaces would never be under threat, would never lack for funding and certainly would always be enjoyed by everyone in the towns and villages that they serve. Peter has taken The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to all areas near his base in Melbourn in Cambridgeshire and has indeed championed its cause locally – it is small wonder that we have more Queen Elizabeth II Fields in East Anglia than in any other region – we thank him for all that he has done to support our work.’
Awards were also given in other categories including Landowner of the Year, Best Have a Field, Most Loved QEII Field, QEII Community Champion and Getting Active on a QEII Field.
Photos of the evening
Andy Barrow presenting the Community Champion Award to Peter Simmonett