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Personality of the year, Syd Wiltshire (with the champagne) and ( L to R) Nick Keith, Neil Casson and Gareth Gammon

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what a night Double winner, John Martin, from Petersfield Town FC, with (L to R) Nick Keith, sponsor James Dodds and Gareth Gammon

The evening of Friday 3 April produced another unforgettable chapter in the history of Petersfield when the Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards 2009 rocked the Festival Hall. Nick Keith reports


hen the Awards ceremony started at 6.30, the Festival Hall was packed with an all-ticket audience of 250 people eager for the hotly contested results for 15 categories, plus performances from five of the town’s dance, music and theatre groups.

The first event of the night was the revelation the new Petersfield Town flag, unveiled above the stage by Cllr Paul Molloy. Then the youngsters from Petersfield Academy of Dance enchanted everyone in the hall with their delightful routine to the old Village

People hit ‘In the navy’. At last the suspense was over and it was time for the first award of the evening. This was for Best New Business, sponsored by Lavant Rowe who won the inaugural event last year. And the winner was Rhona Russell, the shoe retailer based in The Square. The ball was well and truly rolling, and awards were intermingled with performances by Petersfield Theatre Group, singer Grace Banks, Petersfield Youth Theatre, and Bart (a duo including Lucy Coates who worked for Life Magazines during its first year after launch in 2006). A new award, for Young Achiever of the Year, was won by George Cairns, who has overcome a life-threatening bone-marrow disease – with the help of a bone-marrow donation from his

brother. He has won a place in the England under-16 hockey team. George was out of town on an adventure trip, so his parents collected the prize on his behalf. John Martin, from Petersfield Town FC, won a double, taking the awards for Volunteer of the Year and the Sports Award. John has dedicated his life to helping the young club footballers. The final big win of the night was Syd Wiltshire, who scooped the Personality of the Year Award much to everyone’s delight. Syd has kept the streets of Petersfield clean for 40 years. “Once again the whole evening was a huge success,” says event organizer Cat Jarman. “Life Magazines is proud to be able to provide the community with such a prestigious and exciting event.”

Mayor Vaughan Clarke with his wife, Gill, and Bob and Hilary Ayer

Jerry and his team would like to thank all their customers for voting them Bar of the Year 2009, and congratulate the Life Magazines team on such a superb community event

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Gallery Here are the snapshots of the evening, winners, sponsors and performers alike! If you would like to purchase any photos please contact the Life Mags office on 01730 235669.

Top right: Petersfield Academy of Dance. Clockwise from top left: The New Petersfield Town Flag, Lavant Rowe, Paul Hawes and John MDO 188x134.5:Layout 24/4/09 11:05 Page 1 Martin, Folly Wine Bar and1sponsor Rebecca Jordan of Daltons, Artscape, Grace Banks, Mark Rose, The Life Team, Young Achiever George Cairns, Marsha Vincent and Artscape’s Mandy, Production Manager Jules Jones (Left)

Proud sponsors of the Business of the Year Award

Keeping you on track Moving home | Wills, probate & tax planning Divorce & family | Your business Litigation & accident claims | Employment law Walltree Court, St Peter’s Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3HT Tel: 01730 268211 Knockhundred Row, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9DQ Tel: 01730 816711

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Photos by Michel Focard,

All the winners after the show

Rollof honour Best New Business: Rhona Russell

Green Initiative Award: The Greening

Highly Commended: Simply Store; Cloisters Sponsors: Lavant Rowe

Retailer of the Year: Picketts and Pursers

Campaign Petersfield Highly Commended: Permanent Publications; Drum Housing Sponsors: Mimosa and Nutmeg

Highly Commended: Inside Out; Mimosa Sponsors: East Hants Chamber of Commerce

Pub, Restaurant or CafĂŠ of the Year:


Folly Wine Bar and Ale House Highly Commended: Djangos; The Square Brewery Sponsors: Daltons Solicitors

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Not for Profit Organization/Charity of the Year: Artscape Highly Commended: Petersfield Youth Theatre; The King’s Arms Sponsors: Rowlands Funeral Services

Business of the Year: Review Hairdressing Highly Commended: Lavant Rowe; Simply Store Sponsors: Macdonald Oates

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Best Village or Town Initiative:

Volunteer of the Year: John Martin,

Professional Community Support Award: Ethna Matthews, The Studio@TPS

Young Achiever of the Year: George

Drum Housing Highly Commended: Petersfield Tomorrow; Petersfield Town Flag Sponsors: Antrobus Accountants

Highly Commended: EHDC Christmas Festival team; Kirsty Stratton and the Petersfield CAB team Sponsors: One Tree Books

Teacher of the Year: Mr Newnham, TPS Highly Commended: Mrs Walsh, Langrish School; Mrs Gore, Herne Junior School Sponsors: Alpha Graphics

Arts and Entertainment: Petersfield

Petersfield Town Football Club Highly Commended: Sue Farr, The King’s Arms; Richard Clack, Macmillan Cancer Research Sponsors: Jacobs and Hunt Cairns Highly Commended: Jo Atkinson; Jake Topp Sponsors: Rhona Russell

Petersfield Personality of the Year: Syd Wiltshire Highly Commended: Tony Struthers, Petersfield Tomorrow; Roger Wettone, Petersfield Theatre Group Sponsors: Energy Footprint

Chamber Choir Highly Commended: Petersfield Youth Theatre; Petersfield Theatre Group Sponsors: Sue Johnson Interiors

Event of the Year: EHDC Christmas Festival Highly Commended: Butserfest; Petersfield Ups and Downs charity cycle ride Sponsors: Picketts and Pursers Sports Award: John Martin, Petersfield Town Football Club Highly Commended: Teresa Dean; Paul Ryan, Petersfield Town Football Club Sponsors: Review Hairdressing

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Clockwise from bottom left: Robert Sawers, Peter Howells, Andrew Gordon, James Dodds - Jacobs and Hunt, Rhona Russell, Sarah Peall, Tina Wheeler, Claudia, Tim O’Kelly and Ethna Matthews, Drum Housing with Mike Kirby (right), Mr Ian Newton (TPS).

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Final Curtain

Photos by Michel Focard,


t the end of the ceremony, all award winners were called up on stage for one last round of well-deserved applause. There was a long list of important thank you’s to all the people who had made the event possible. After the Awards officially ended, the party continued for many, in pubs and homes around the town – and some of these celebrations lasted until dawn! Everyone went home happy in the knowledge that Petersfield really has got talent!

The Life Magazines expresses their sincere thanks to everyone involved in making the evening a success. Clockwise from bottom left: Nick Keith and Gareth Gammon, Event organiser Cat Jarman with Nick Keith and Gareth Gammon, Rhona Russell (left) with George Cairns’ parents Sarah and Andy, Petersfield Youth Theatre, Bart.

East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulate all the winners of the Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards for 2009. We are delighted to have been a sponsor.

East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tel: 02392 449449

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Some of your comments... “A big well done for last Friday, it really was a great atmosphere, and so well timed and run, it must be down to your organisational skills, you certainly have a great gift, which I do hope will take you very far in life. I want to thank you for one other thing - the fact that the quality of Life in Petersfield has not been effected, even when we all know everything is that bit harder, it still has great articles, fantastic photos and it is all about our community, keep up the fantastic work you are doing!” Sue Johnson, Sue Johnson Interiors

Photos by Michel Focard,

“Well done to the Life Mags Team - you worked so hard to make Friday evening a success and you achieved something very special. You also all looked wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed myself - I am very proud of my award and have it on display for all to see. A great big thank you and all your fabulous team who worked hard but made the evening fun. Happy days.” Rhona Russell

“Congratulations on a very successful awards evening well done. Having missed the first awards night being out of the country I had no idea what to expect. I thought the evening was excellent and very professional.” Chris Pickett, Managing Director, Picketts & Pursers Ltd “I really enjoyed the evening and will be booking a table for next year. I am really really delighted with the award. Funny how I can speak at National events and conferences and yet when I won the award at Petersfield I was lost for words - I think that shows which means the most to me.Well done for organizing a great evening.” Terena Plowright, The Greening Campaign

“Congratulations on a splendid evening last Friday. All those from our group who were in the audience enjoyed it greatly.” Roger Wettone, Petersfield Theatre Group “Thank you for such a marvellous evening on Friday. Obviously it is made all the more special when you win an award! However the evening was such a success due to you and your team’s wonderful organisation. Many Thanks.” Paul Hawes, Review Hairdressing


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