Plym Links magazine December/January 2020

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What a night! A fabulous evening showcasing local businesses and community spirit was held in the Woolwell Centre recently. The sixth annual Woolwell Business Awards was bigger and better than ever, with more than 300 nominations being received, giving the judging panel quite a headache in choosing the eventual winners. Woolwell Centre manager Carole Spencer said: ‘The highlight of the evening had to be the standing ovation for the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ray Barber, who dedicated his award to his late wife, Eleanor. His speech of acceptance touched everyone in the room and there was not a dry eye in the house.’ Cllr Nicky Hopwood, who won the Community Above and Beyond Award, said: ‘I was both humbled and chuffed to receive an award at the recent Woolwell Awards event. I have been to all but one awards ceremony and have watched it grow every year - it really is an evening not to be missed.’

Award winner Dartmoor Skincare Co.

The next Business Awards will be in October 2020. Carole added: ‘We look forward to receiving even more nominations. ‘We are always looking for sponsors and if you would


like to be involved next year, we would be delighted to discuss the details with you.’ The full list of award winners were: Community Above & Beyond Award - Nicky Hopwood; Best Small Business Award (five to eight years) - Psychic Plymouth; Fundraiser of the Year - Rotary Club of Plymouth; Best Small Business (Nought to five years) - Electrical & Security Ltd; Lifetime Achievement Award - Ray Barber; Judging Panel’s Award - Dartmoor Skincare Co; Medium Business Award - Bambino’s Childcare Woolwell; Local Group of the Year - Litterbusters; Best Small Business (eight years plus) - M&B Residential Lettings; Best Customer Service - The Lemon Tree Salon; Best Business Startup - Matt Boon Garden Maintenance.

Hairy hands and busy clubs! Each second Thursday of the month the Moor’s Edge U3A group meet at the Woolwell Centre at 2.30pm. If you are retired or semi-retired why not come and join? The group welcomes visitors to attend twice at these members’ meetings before deciding if they would like to join. After joining there are a variety of busy groups to participate in and new friends to be made. The October speaker was Paul Rendell who recounted myths, legends and stories of ghostly happenings on Dartmoor. The most well-known of these is the Hairy Hands, an evolving story of a malevolent spirit grabbing the steering wheel or handlebars of vehicles travelling on the B3212 particularly near Postbridge and causing accidents. Future members’ meetings: Thursday, December 12th 2.30pm, Christmas Party; Thursday, January 9th 2020, 2.30pm, Wendy Hill will talk about ‘Healthwatch Plymouth’.

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