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Crompton & Woodcock Award Winners

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Crompton and Woodcock Award recognises community efforts within the High Peak

Townend Community Garden takes home the award alongside a £100 cheque and certificate for the considerable effort in both excelling their group and their commitment to the High Peak community.

18 incredible groups and organisations were nominated for the prestigious award that recognises work within the High Peak Community, with one lucky group being crowned the winner.

The Crompton Woodcock Award is a fantastic beacon to celebrate the work of Voluntary and Community groups and organisations highlighting their growth and success, making a significant impact with their service and activities in the last 18 months.

In memory of previous chairs Chris Woodcock and Mike Crompton, the award offers local groups the opportunity to raise their profile and gain recognition for the hard work they do.


Townend Community Garden walked away from High Peak CVS’s AGM with first place. Never was the need for a connection to nature and a little outdoor space felt so acutely as during the pandemic lockdown. Providing the perfect tonic to that, Townend Community Garden has achieved something quite remarkable in bringing all areas of the local community together in this beautiful and tranquil setting, it serves the community in an abundance of different levels. Townend Community Garden is a relatively recent addition to the voluntary landscape of the High Peak but what it has achieved in a relatively short space of time is truly wonderful.

Set up in order to provide a safe, healthy outdoor environment where all local residents can have the opportunity to meet, to grow flowers, vegetables and fruit, or just sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity; the garden encourages wildlife with wildflowers and fruit trees; it has an area where communal outdoor activities can take place; and provides a welcoming environment of mutual respect and dignity for all.

Second Place

In second place was Buxton Talking Newspaper who provide a free audio service for blind and partially sighted people or anyone who has difficulty reading or holding publications covering the circulation area of the Buxton Advertiser.

Third Place

Third Place went to Helen Atkin Group Riding for the Disabled – a voluntary group that provides riding therapy for disabled children and adults from across the High Peak.

The last recipient of the award, Chapel-en-le-Frith Mobile Physiotherapy Service, were on hand to present the award to this year’s winners and continue to provide essential physiotherapy treatment at home for people who would struggle to get to a hospital, or a clinic are a unique and essential charity for older residents of the small towns and villages in the High Peak.

High Peak CVS would like to congratulate every group who has been nominated. The Group Development team have worked closely with many of these groups, and it has been a delight to see their hard work and dedication pay off.

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