THE winners of the inaugural Love Sherborne Awards have been announced and Sherborne Abbey Festival picked up a trophy for BEST COMMUNITY EVENT.


Short-listed individuals, community groups and individuals attended the awards ceremony in Sherborne Abbey  on 15th October.

Editor of the Western Gazette Emma Slee welcomed the nominees and their guests. She said: “These awards were born out of our desire to celebrate what’s special about Sherborne – the people, the places, the businesses and the community groups.

“It became quite evident, quite quickly, that the public agreed with us that these things should be recognised, based on the response from the community and the nominations received.

“A panel of six judges had the difficult task of deciding the winners out of the very worthy finalists in each category. Each judge submitted their scores individually, which were then calculated to produce the final results. I would like to thank each one for their efforts – the judging pack was substantial and each judge spent a lot of time poring over the submissions.

“What I can say, however, and I know the judges will agree with me, is that every finalist here tonight is a winner. Your stories are inspirational. You are all helping to make Sherborne unique and shine like a beacon of “the West Country.”

Before announcing the winners she thanked Canon Eric Woods, for the use the beautiful venue, Steve Lee, the manager of Waitrose, for sponsoring the drinks reception and Mike Burks from the Gardens Group for providing the wonderful horticultural displays.

The first two awards presented were Favourite Retailer of the Year and Most Welcoming Food and Drink Establishment. These awards were not assessed by the judging panel but the venue with the most public nominations was declared the winner.

All of the other awards were decided by the judging panel.

The results are as follows:

Favourite Retailer of the Year

Short-listed entries: Vineyards, Abbey Décor and Midwest the Stationers

Winner: Abbey Décor

Most Welcoming Food and Drink Establishment

Short-listed entries: Kafe Fontana, Oliver’s Coffee House and The Pear Tree Deli and Cafe.

Winner: Oliver’s Coffee House

Sherborne Ambassador of the Year

Short-listed entries: John Baker, Andrew Maddock and Bill Heath.

Winner: Andrew Maddock, Midwest the Stationers and Chairman of Sherborne Chamber of Trade

Community Group of the Year

Short-listed entries: Sherborne Rendezvous, Friends of the Learning Disabled (FOLD) and Sherborne Volunteer Ambulance.

Winner: Sherborne Rendezvous

Employee of the Year

Short-listed entries: Jane Webster and Brian King

Winner: Brian King, Castle Gardens

Best Community Project or Event of the Year

Short-listed entries: Sherborne Abbey Festival, Sherborne Arts Link’s Positive Street Art Project Sherborne Mural, Sherborne Area Partnership’s Sherborne Health and Wellbeing fair and The Zest Cafe (Four Leaf Clover Club).

Winner: Sherborne Abbey Festival

Sherborne Scenes Award

Winner: Ian King.

Business of the Year

Short-listed entries: Abbey Décor, Margaret Balfour Beauty Centre and The Eastbury Hotel.

Winner: Abbey Décor



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