Thursday, 17 June 2021.

Stars of the village recognised by the community

11 March, 2021

Community Stars is a way to say thank you to those residents who make Aylesham village a better place to live.

The scheme celebrates how the village has come together over the years to support one another and recognises those individuals who have given their time voluntarily and gone the extra mile to help others in the community.

Over 70 people were nominated as ‘Community Stars’ by fellow villagers in December, and some of their names were revealed on social media throughout the Christmas month.The social media posts developed an excellent following with all the “Mug Shot” posts receiving between 300 and 1000 “likes”.

Anyone who received two or more nominations received their Community Star Certificate, commemorative mug this week, and an online ‘Thank you’ on behalf of everyone in the village.

“It was a really positive project to be involved with and great that it captured the festive spirit.” said Emily Barnes, DDC’s Community Development Officer. “I would really like to thank all those who took the time to nominate the Community Stars and for the brilliant local partnership that enabled it all to happen. It has been great to hear all the positive comments coming in and hearing about all the hard work of Aylesham Villagers to help other Villagers”.

The partnership involved Aylesham Hub and the Aylesham Co-op team who delivered the project with the support of Emily Barnes the DDC Community Officer. None of it could have been done without the project funders, Aylesham Parish Council and Aylesham District & Community Workshop Trust who were quick to offer their support to the project.

Cllr Nigel Collor, Portfolio Holder for Transport, Licensing & Community, said: “Being involved with such an excellent scheme is an honour and I am looking forward to developing similar schemes across other parts of the District.”

Thank you to Aylesham’s Community Stars (not all names are listed):

Alison Mansell, Amanda Carr, Billy Oliver, Carena Crowhurst, Carina Jarvie, Carla Richardson-Chown, Christopher Hyndman, Eduardo Cordero, Gemma Richardson, Heather Ratcliffe, Ian Thomas, Jamie Pout, Jasmine Cox, Jo Cartledge, Jon Nee, Jordan Spicer, Kay Sutcliffe, Keith Mansell, Kerrylyn James, Lawrence Knight, Lee Prescott, Lisa Downes, Mallory Sauniere, Marilyn Burrows, Mark Morgan, Mark Townsend, Natalie Musgrove, Nick Ratcliffe, Nicky Cox, Pauline Owen, Philip Sutcliffe, Rebecca Hansell, Richard Beer, Robert Dunkley, Ronnie Hill, Rowan Helen-Louise Neame, Sam Pout, Sara MacCallum, Shane Scott, Stephen Williams, Su Hill, Sue Bott, Terri Hughes, Valerie Thomas

Some quotes from the Community Stars:

“Many thanks for your email regarding the Aylesham Community Stars. What a privilege to receive a nomination for our wonderful village!”

“I just wanted to say what a wonderful surprise this really is, so kind of everybody, I can’t tell you how chuffed I am.”

“A lovely idea, and very much appreciated, thank you.”

“Thanks for the recognition.”

“This came as a real surprise;  I have always been happy, along with many other volunteers in the community, to work on projects to help make the village a great place to live and I feel overwhelmed with the appreciation shown in this gesture.”

“Well! I do not know what to say, thank you very much and what an honour.”