'Good for Leigh' is an initiative set up by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council to help promote all of the wonderful things our town has to offer, from the businesses, organisations and groups to the individuals.
Each year at our Annual Community Meeting we announce our 'Good for Leigh' winners, these exceptional individuals and groups have been nominated by members of Council, to thank them for their outstanding contributions to the community of Leigh-on-Sea.
Barbara has worked tirelessly for the community since she moved to the Southend area in the 1950’s. Barbara worked her near entire life in government service as a social worker for Southend and Essex County Councils. She was on many local committees until the end of last year when her ill health, at the age of 90, led her to step down. She was instrumental in the opening of the Pier Museum and Barbara has kept a keen and active involvement to this day.
She has run the Belfair’s Residence Association as the chair since 1973. She has been an active member of Southend Older People’s Assembly and The Southend Area Bus User Group and for many years has helped with the Welfare for the Blind campaigns.
The Council wanted to recognise FOLLG for their continued hard work and the time they have spent rejuvenating the Leigh Library Gardens. Their work was sorely needed, and it is fantastic to see such progress in such a small amount of time, and all done voluntarily!
Jessica and Gracie were recently featured in the local papers for their eco-warrior efforts to litter pick around Leigh-on-Sea, the Council felt they deserved proper recognition for their hard work to make Leigh a better place. They are thrilled and incredibly proud to have two young people from Leigh who care so much for their local environment.
John is an all-weather street cleaner, residents have noted his polite and friendly nature and a tirelessly diligent worker who keeps the Broadway free of littler.
The Council wanted to recognise the hard work and dedication that these two ladies have put in over the years to fundraise and organise events at St. Clements Church.
Not only is Russell a key member of the Friends of Leigh Library Gardens Group, but he is also a dedicated volunteer for the Town Council’s Over 60’s Social Club and Community Transport Scheme.
Sacha from the Southend YMCA runs the Town Council Youth Club, and tirelessly works to create positive activites for children and teenagers in the Town.
The 2018/19 winners of Good for Leigh Awards were:
Danielle Austin - for launching Litterless Leigh litter picking group
LOSITA - for bringing the independent business community in Leigh together
Allan Webb - for his long standing efforts and dedication to The Art Ministry Charity
Rockamilly - for demonstrating joyful community spirit at the Leigh Lights event
Blade Education - for their work with local schools on their poppy projects
The 2018/19 winners of Good for Leigh Awards were:
Nicholas Mounsey - a Belfairs student who was assisted an injured motor cyclist after an accident
Oasis Coffee House - for raising a considerable sum through their suspended meal scheme
The Royal British Legion - Leigh-on-Sea Branch - for their year round work to promote and raise funds for the Poppy Appeal
Uniformed Volunteers in Leigh-on-Sea - to thank all the leaders and helpers from Girl Guiding Groups (Rainbows, Brownies and Guides) and Scout Groups (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Scouts) in the Leigh area
In 2018, Leigh-on-Sea Town Council launched a new award in partnership with Belfairs Academy to recognise some of the outstanding pupils at the school. The award is for "Good Citizenship" and each year we ask the staff at Belfairs to nominate their chosen students. A nomination is made for each of the schools 3 colleges; named after Leigh ships – Defender, Resolute and Endeavour and also a Sixth-Form nomination.
This year’s nominees were:
Defender: Caitlyn Tippett – 7V2
Sadly, Caitlyn’s disabled brother passed away on 23rd April 2019. Even with this tragedy hitting the family, Caitlyn continues to maintain her positive outlook on life, attend school and be her bubbly self. She is a role model to all.
Resolute: Lily Cascarina – 7U1
Lily has achieved Excellent student status, read 16 books before 16, received various nominations by a mixture of teachers in our Celebrations assemblies, works as a young speaker, has assisted with the Textiles charity event, won the Christmas tree topper competition, amongst others.
She is a model student and her commitment to the academy is exemplary. We feel that all her achievements, and her refreshingly mature attitude and warm, kind personality, in spite of her young age, makes her a prime candidate for such an accolade. She is an incredible citizen and an asset to Belfairs Academy.
Endeavour: Maddie Carter 9R3 - WINNER
Maddie is helping to run an Art club at West Leigh School, once a week after school. Maddie worked with Mrs Lilleker, discussing ideas and how best to deliver mini Art lessons etc. before she started helping.
Maddie has helped at West Leigh for 2 terms. This has involved both Infant and Junior school children, in a group of 10-12 students. Maddie has been involved in helping in a number of different themes including Slime, Solar System and Nations.
Maddie also helps out in the Holidays with Art Parties, through Creative Station.
Maddie hasn’t always found school easy, experiencing friendship issues, she is also a quiet young lady and can lack in confidence. It is an encouraging step forward seeing her use her qualities in such a constructive way. Also promoting Belfairs in a positive way outside of the Academy.
Post 16: Sarah Bundock – Year 13
Sarah Bundock has been an inspirational Student President at Belfairs Academy this year. She has endeavoured to organise whole school, sixth form and staff events which support our local community and those in serious need abroad. Sarah conducts voluntary work outside the Academy in addition to this with her Church and is a key member of their group. She will be sorely missed by all when she leaves for a degree in Occupational Health and Therapy this Autumn. She has organised volunteering stands in our Academy’s Heart Space that aim to get other students in to volunteering as she has found it so rewarding and this is commendable.
Amongst Sarah’s greatest achievements in her tenure have been the Southend Food Bank collection for which we collected 130.84kg of food stuffs that ensured the poorest families in Southend Borough had something to eat on Christmas Day, and our Christmas Box collection for Mission Romania which sent toys, sweets and clothing to some of the most in-need communities in Europe. Sarah also started our Bible Studies group with The Rev’d Fr.David Wylie RN of Saint Margaret’s Church, in which we have had a guest appearance from The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford.