Honours for Donington teen group and Sutton Bridge couple at today’s Lincolnshire Show

The opening of Flinders Founders' skate ramp
The opening of Flinders Founders' skate ramp
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A campaigning couple from Sutton Bridge and a group for teenagers from Donington were honoured this afternoon at the Lincolnshire Show.

Tom and Jenny Rowe and Flinders Founders were recognised in this year’s Lincolnshire County Council Good Citizens Awards.

Tom and Jenny Rowe

Tom and Jenny Rowe

Winners were chosen for their outstanding contribution to their local community following nominations by friends, neighbours and colleagues.

They received their awards at the annual Lincoln event from Lincolnshire County Council chairman William Webb, of Gedney.

Winning the Pair/Couple award, Tom and Jenny have been Sutton Bridge stalwarts for over 30 years, helping people in need and campaigning for local causes.

Green issues are close to their hearts and they are founder members of the South Lincs Environmental Group and the original Sutton Bridge in Bloom Group.

Successes include buying land and then creating Tom’s Wood, planting hundreds of trees along the A17, providing seats along the River Nene and successfully campaigning to keep a local byway open.

Karen Treacher, who nominated them, said: “Tom and Jenny have worked hard for the village all the years they’ve lived there.”

She also praised their willingness to do so much “at their own expense and for no reward other than to benefit others”.

Winning the community group award were Flinders Founders – run by young people for young people.

The group has raised a mammoth £184,469 to build and maintain a teen park in Donington.

Over the last nine years, they’ve transformed a derelict piece of land into a purpose-built area with a BMX track, skate park, teen shelter and gardens.

The group is open to young people aged between 11 and 19. Currently, there are 12 members who meet every month to monitor progress and plan future actions.

Group secretary Margaret Wright said: “The teen park has given the young people of the area a place of their own where they can exercise and socialise without being a nuisance to others.

“This is all thanks to a group of selfless, enthusiastic, hardworking young people.”

Coun Webb said: “Throughout the county we have a number of people who go above and beyond to help their communities.

“The winners of this year’s Good Citizens Awards are great examples of people who give their time and effort to help others and hopefully it will inspire more to do the same.”