Pictured with Mike Gilbert, far right, is Dmitry and Natalia Buravlev alongside the new sign on Sleaford Road

Building on the success of the popular ‘Boston Heroes Awards’ campaign which was launched in 2021 to promote Pride of Place and recognise our community heroes which were acknowledged through the Covid-19 pandemic, a motion was put forward at a recent Full Council meeting for this to be an annual community event.

Boston Borough Council will launch annual community awards to celebrate the work of community champions with a broader range of categories to properly recognise both groups as well as individuals whose efforts have improved the public realm.

These will be designed to shine a light on the people and organisations who go above and beyond to help others and to honour persons who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication (outside any volunteer work done for their employer) across the Boston Borough area.

Councillor Nigel Welton, Deputy Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “The last year has shown how many individuals and community groups spend their time tirelessly helping others and rallying together to make a real difference in their communities in helping others when times are tough.

“The Boston Heroes Awards was a great campaign for people to nominate their unsung heroes and by doing this annually I feel the community awards will celebrate the wonderful work of those community champions and all the many others efforts who are passionate about making a difference in their community.”

This Council is also to award special ‘Service in the Community Awards’ upon the Boston Signs Group for their work refurbishing and recreating Boston signs on the approach roads to the town; and also on the Boston Big Local Group for their efforts in creating the fantastic Boston edition of the Monopoly Board Game. Volunteers will be invited to a reception with The Worshipful the Mayor of Boston.

Councillor Tom Ashton, proposer for this motion, said: “I am delighted that colleagues supported our Motion on Monday evening and said ‘Thank You’ for a job well done. These are two community groups who have given countless hours of their time to improve our town and put Boston on the Monopoly map, and it is right that we are able give proper recognition for their efforts.”

The launch of the Boston edition of Monopoly at the Stump