Major General Martin White presents the Community Action Isle of Wight shield to Ian Jenkins of the Waterside Community Trust. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE Waterside Community Trust made a splash at this year’s Community Action Awards when it took the overall prize.
The trust, which took over the running of the Waterside Pool in Ryde after it was threatened with closure, won the local communities section before claiming the top award at last night’s (Wednesday) ceremony, held at the Riverside Centre.
Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White presented the shield and cheque for £1,500 to Ian Jenkins, trust chairman.
The annual awards, sponsored by the Isle of Wight County Press, recognise the efforts of volunteers across the Isle of Wight and were organised by Community Action Isle of Wight, a charity established to support Island groups.
Speaking at last night's ceremony, County Press editor Alan Marriott said: "It is obvious the voluntary sector is being asked to do more in these straitened times, from keeping village halls going to running swimming pools, as well as organising some pretty demanding complementary services in the mental health and elderly sectors too.
"So well done to you all, for keeping the fabric of Island life knitted together in these difficult times.
"The County Press reports, week in and week out, your efforts and I think the Island owes you a debt of gratitude."
For a full report and more pictures, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, May 16.