A voluntary organisation that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year has become Banbury’s first-ever Community Organisation of the Year.
Radio Horton, the town’s hospital broadcasting station, received the award at the inaugural Banbury Community and Volunteer Awards evening at the town hall last Thursday.
The awards were the brainchild of Banbury mayor councillor Nicholas Turner and his wife Lesley Ann.
Stewart Green,station manager at Radio Horton, said: “I’m very proud to be part of Radio Horton. This award is for all the people who have contributed to the success of the station since 1964 when it was launched by two Banbury journalists. There are some terrific charities here tonight and to be chosen for the award is extremely moving.”
Also recognised on the night was Karl Kisley of the Air Training Corps, who received the Volunteer of the Year trophy, and Ricci Capel of Banbury Bulldog Skater Hockey Club, who collected the Young Volunteer of the Year prize.
Mr Turner appealed for nominations for the awards and was inundated with suggestions. A shortlist of volunteers and charities in each category was announced on the night and all received a cheque for £100. Category winners received trophies and £500 for their charities.
Mr Turner said: “When I became mayor Lesley and I decided to do something to recognise the tremendous amount of good in the town.
“The Banbury Community and Volunteer Awards are a celebration of the outstanding work and support given by residents and organisations across the town.
“Lesley and I spent many hours looking at the nominations and choosing the winners was extremely difficult.
“There are so many good charities out there and picking the best was one of the hardest things we have done.”