The Coventry Transport museum was the setting for this year’s Biffa Award ceremony. The Biffa Award team were joined by nearly 80 people to help celebrate the incredible work projects across the country have done in ‘Building communities. Transforming lives.’
More than 240 eligible projects were whittled down to a shortlist of just 19 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 Harmston Memorial Hall in Lincolnshire the prize, with Shelley Community Association in West Yorkshire her highly commended.
The Biffa Award Small Grants category was presented by Biffa Award board member Rob Jones who sits on the Small Grants Panel. Bierley Community Association Limited was highly commended, and Birmingham Open Media took the prize money.
Dr Mark Fishpool presented the Cultural Facilities category. Both the National Trust (Lavenham Guildhall) and Chapter community arts centre in Cardiff came highly commended, with the David Clarke Railway Trust claiming the prize for their Quorn and Woodhouse station redevelopment project.
Next, Nathan Williams took to the stage, enthusing about his Recreation shortlist. The Friends of Bilbrook in the West Midlands were highly commended for their Multi Use Games Area. While The Pool Piece Working Group, Community Voluntary Action, Ledbury and District took home the trophy.
Finally, the Rebuilding Biodiversity category was brought to the stage by the judge Tony Richardson. It was a great day for Wales with Gwent Wildlife Trust claiming highly commended, and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales winning the category.
Birmingham Open Media (BOM) were also lucky enough to win the coveted title of ‘Overall Winner 2015’ adding an addition £1,000 to their prize money. BOM had really impressed the judges with their transformation of a derelict building into an incredible community arts centre.
Other highlights of the day included, Gary Hall CEO of the Coventry Transport Museum who gave a speech discussing the impacts Biffa Award funding has had on the museum, and how the creation of the Land Speed Record Gallery has become one of the CTMs main attractions. 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.
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The films of last year's winner, which were premiered at the event, can now be found on our Extraordinary Stories page HERE.