Celebration of Runnymede’s unsung heroes

A young woman receives an award.
Edith Schofield accepts her Civic Award from the Mayor.

Almost 40 local people who have excelled across our community, sports and fitness, and arts were celebrated at the second Runnymede Civic Awards last night.

Finalists, who either won an award, or were highly commended, were selected following judging panels making the difficult task of shortlisting from over 120 nominations received.

The event took place at Foxhills in Ottershaw where over 150 guests enjoyed the chance to mingle and show support and encouragement. Awards were presented by the Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Shannon Saise-Marshall.

Finalists were aged from their teens to their 80s, and they were recognised for everything from being a ley part of organisations including a running club to a brass band, or a community fridge to the Scouts, The awards demonstrated the vibrancy and diversity of the communities in Runnymede.

Cllr Tom Gracey, leader of Runnymede Borough Council said:

The Civic Awards offer a great opportunity for the Council to acknowledge and celebrate the many individuals and organisations that help make Runnymede a great place to live. It was an honour to be part of last night’s awards and have the chance to meet so many people, young and old, from across the community.


We are committed to empowering communities and improving the health and wellbeing of local people. This is only possible through the support and work of those who give their time to improve the local community week in, week out to run the many organisations which exist locally.


It is really heartwarming to see how much goodwill there is in our towns and villages, congratulations again to everyone who was nominated, shortlisted and who won an award, you should all be really proud of what you do.

The 16 winners were:

  • Special Recognition Award: Glen Edwards
  • Service to Community (Individual): Frances Dyble-Goode (Runnymede Dementia Careers Support)
  • Service to Community (Organisation): Citizen's Advice Runnymede and Spelthorne
  • Volunteer of the Year: Carol Edmondson (Loaves & Fishes)
  • Volunteer Group of the Year: The Teaboat Project
  • Young Volunteer of the Year: Edith Schofield (1st Chertsey Bourne Beavers)
  • Making a Difference Award: Robert Dixon (Lions in the Camp)
  • Environment & Sustainability: Rima Chai (Egham Community Fridge)
  • Sports Club of the Year: Abbey Rangers Football Club
  • Coach of the Year: Aaron Turner
  • Sports Person of the Year: Greg Cheesman (Chertsey Runners)
  • Young Sportsperson of the Year: Niamh Hanratty
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year: Wendy Dobson (Addlestone Canoe Club)
  • Health and Wellbeing: Gillian Rae
  • Young Creative of the Year: Serenna Copsey
  • Arts Group of the Year: Egham Band Brass Youth Project

Published: 22 February 2024