Community Action Awards judges, from left, Mike Bulpitt, Patricia Partridge and Robin Freeman. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THOUSANDS of pounds of prizes are up for grabs in this year’s Isle of Wight Community Action Awards.
Ahead of Wednesday’s awards ceremony at the Riverside Centre, Newport, judges have been visiting the finalists this week.
A total of 70 organisations have been inspected by judges Patricia Partridge, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Robin Freeman, managing director of the Isle of Wight County Press — the event’s main sponsor — and Mike Bulpitt, chief executive of organisers at Community Action Isle of Wight.
The organisations entered into the awards have been pared down to the final 25 for this week’s final judging.
The judges said their task was always difficult but there was a particularly challenging job to decide the winners this year.
The categories for the awards include arts and heritage, children and young people, environment, healthy lives, local communities, older people, sports and village halls and community buildings.