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Good for Leigh

'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.

Good for Leigh Winners 2019/20

The 2019/20 winners of the Good for Leigh awards were: 

  • Barbara Armitage - a lifetime of voluntary work with a variety of community groups
  • Friends of Leigh Library Gardens (FOLLG) - for the voluntary work done to rejuvenate the gardens 
  • Jessica and Gracie - two sisters in primary school who have been conducting local litter picks
  • John Cannon - a diligent all weather street cleaner in Leigh
  • Kim Wilkins & Viv Porthouse - event organisers and fundraisers for St. Clements Church 
  • Russell Hallmark - a key member of the FOLLG group and a dedicated volunteer for the Town Council's Community Transport Scheme and the Over 60's Social Club
  • Sacha Edwards - positive activities manager for Southend YMCA and runs the Town Council's youth club

Good for Leigh Winners 2018/19

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 

Good for Leigh Winners 2017/18

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 

Belfairs Academy Good Citizenship Award 

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.

2020 Winner

Millie Whipps

Millie Whipps is a student in Year 7. She attends the same dancing school as my daughter (who will be starting at Belfairs in September). At Christmas Millie was so concerned for homeless people that she appealed to friends and family for back packs and items that she could use to fill these. Her idea was to fill the backpack with useful things that she thought that a homeless person may need - she suggested a blanket, woolly hat/gloves as well as toiletry and sanitary products. She also used some of her own money to buy new things. On Christmas eve Millie took these backpacks down to HARP in Southend so that they could distribute the full backpacks to people that were homeless over Christmas. Millie is such a kind and generous girl who shows great empathy for people in the community who are less fortunate than her. She often raises money for charities by doing cake sales and such like and I am sure that she has probably been doing something equally kind and thoughtful during lockdown. Millie does things like the above because she genuinely wants to help others. She doesn't expect any gratitude or reward or recognition in return and would probably be embarrassed to learn that I had sent this nomination. It is for all these reasons that she is so deserving of this award.

2019 Winner

Maddie Carter

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.