People and places in Cheshire East were honoured at the 2014 Cheshire Community Pride Awards.
Sandbach won the Championship Award and was named Best Kept Market Town (population 10,001 - 30,000). Knutsford came second and Nantwich and Congleton were joint third.
There was more joy for Sandbach when Sandbach Park and Sandbach Town Council’s Tidy Town Group won the Les George OBE Memorial Award for the best playing field and the Sensory Garden at Sandbach Park received the Little Gem Award.
Hall Bank Playing Field, Mobberley, was highly commended in the playing field category.
Sandbach’s awards were collected by Gill Merry, Susan Doughty and Jennie Haines.
Ann Banks, Sandbach Town Clerk, said: “Well done to everyone involved, who I know have worked so hard throughout the year.”
In the best kept village category (population 1,001 - 2,500), Audlem was the winner and Rainow came second. Pickmere won the category for places with between 601 and 1,000 people and Lower Withington, near Macclesfield, came third among those with 401 to 600. For places with fewer than 400 people, the winner was Hankelow, while Marbury cum Quoisley came second and Marton third.
Church Minshull won the community spirit award for places with a population of up to 5,000.
Poynton with Worth won the town category for the best community website while the village award went to Audlem, with Willaston coming runner-up. Knutsford and Plumley with Toft and Bexton were highly commended.
Poynton Contact Drop In won the award for work with young people.Rainow was highly commended in the category for the best community newsletter. Pickmere Community Group won the community initiative award and Disley’s First World War commemoration was highly commended. Kerry Bannon, of Church Minshull, was highly commended in the community champion award.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is very welcome recognition for people who go the extra mile to make our communities in Cheshire East such great places to live. I congratulate all the award winners.”
The annual Cheshire Community Pride Awards are run by Cheshire Community Action and sponsored by Essar Oil UK.