Ossett Civic Trust hosted the Ossett Civic Dinner on Saturday, 9 November 2013 .
Nearly 150 people attended the Ossett Civic Dinner at Ossett War Memorial Community Centre. Guests were David Dinmore, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and his wife Lorna, Virginia Lloyd, High Sheriff of West Yorkshire and her husband Clive, and Janet Holmes, Mayoress. Malcolm Haigh BEM, a local historian, proposed the toast to Ossett, The response to the toast was made by Ruth Amos, chairperson of Ossett Civic Trust.
Richard Taylor proposed the toast to the guests followed by the second guest speaker Jonny Mitchell, Headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy (recently starring on Channel 4's Educating Yorkshire) who responded on behalf of the guests by entertaining us with an entertaining speech.
The evening was rounded off with the presentation of the Civic Trust Awards. Nominations had been sought from residents of Ossett over the past few months and recipients were congratulated on Saturday evening as Mr Mitchell presented them with their awards. The awards were given to individuals, organisations or businesses that have made special contributions to Ossett over the past year. Awards were presented to:
For his outstanding service in Ossett Town Hall and for going the extra mile for the people of Ossett
For her extensive contribution to voluntary activities in Ossett over many years.
Graham Willis of Pat’s People Charity
For his work to raise awareness and funds for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation for ‘Rays of Hope’.
Mr & Mrs Malcolm , Queens Street, Ossett
For a spectacular garden display every year
Brick House Youth Club
For bringing Brick House back to life and playing an active part in the community
Grooms and Rooms, Wesley Street
For a shop front that adds a touch of class to the conservation area of Ossett
For a high standard of redesign and refurbishment of an area within the conservation area and providing an excellent bakery
Bar 42 @ the Carpenters
For sympathetic renovation of a historic building in the conservation area and providing a good quality eating venue
For investing in and improving the pubs in the region and putting Ossett on the map
Gawthorpe Maypole Committee
For organising 50 years of the World Coal Carrying Competition
Finally a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Alec Metcalfe who has worked tirelessly for Ossett and its residents over many years.
Afterwards the High Sheriff Virginia Lloyd commented “we were so impressed and heartened by the wonderful community event, with such a diverse cross section of people it should be a beacon to other communities in our region” and Jonny Mitchell said “we had a ball! It was wonderful to see people turn out in some force to celebrate the town”.