Nearly 90 people joined the Biffa Award team to celebrate this year's fantastic completed projects at the annual Biffa Awards 2014, which took place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich on Thursday 9th October. More than 260 eligible projects were whittled down to a shortlist of just 20 across the five categories: Community Buildings, Recreation, Small Grants, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity, as well as an overall winner.
First up was Community Buildings judge Mavis Wilkins, who awarded Markyate Baptist Church in Hertfordshire the prize, with Pattishall Parish Hall Association in Northamptonshire her highly commended.
Next, Nathan Williams took to the stage, enthusing about his Recreation shortlist. The Southbank Centre in London was highly commended, while Lampeter Rugby Football Club in Ceredigion took home the trophy.
The Biffa Award Small Grants category was presented by Biffa Award board member Rob Jones who sits on the Small Grants Panel alongside the Biffa Award Deputy Programme Manager and an independent member from the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food programme. Littlethorpe Village Hall in North Yorkshire was highly commended, and the River Oaks Residents Association in Liverpool took the prize money.
Dr Mark Fishpool presented the Cultural Facilities category, which was hotly contested as always. The Barn Theatre Trust from Hertfordshire was highly commended, with the Trustees of Dereham Windmill in Norfolk impressing for the trophy.
Finally, the Rebuilding Biodiversity category was brought to the stage by the judge Tony Richardson. The Woodland Trust in Hertfordshire captured his imagination to win, while the Durham Wildlife Trust was highly commended.
The day's Overall Winner's trophy was presented to the Trustees of Dereham Windmill who really impressed the judges with their remarkable volunteer-led restoration and early community engagement approach to the restoration project.
Among the highlights of the event was a presentation by Sam Hunt from AIM – Association of Independent Museums - and an address by Mick Davis from Biffa Group Limited, who was pleased to be able to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all the projects represented on the day as they help to create positive change within their communities.
A selection of images taken during the event are now available via our Flickr page HERE. The films of last year's winner, which were premiered at the event, can now be found on our Extraordinary Stories page HERE.