Two dedicated volunteers in the District – based at North Kesteven District Council venues Cogglesford Watermill and Mrs Smith's Cottage respectively – are finalists in the prestigious 2023 Destination Tourism Excellence Awards.
They’ve both been shortlisted in the Unsung Heroes category of the awards.
Malcolm Phillip's remarkable accomplishment lies in his role in training staff and volunteers in the art of milling at Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford.
This not only ensures the continuity of this fading skill but also empowers others to carry on the legacy of traditional milling. Malcolm's patience, expertise, and ability to effectively transfer his knowledge have proven invaluable in preserving this craft for future generations.
Hazel Wooding applied to join the Mrs Smith’s Cottage volunteer team in Navenby in her efforts to combat isolation and improve her mental health, and her determination to get involved in spite of those challenges is humbling to see.
In just the short time she has been with the cottage team, her drive for learning and development has inspired volunteers at the cottage and facilitated not only ongoing projects there but also some of her own invention, including cataloguing every plant in the cottage garden.
Their unwavering commitment and hard work in preserving and sharing the rich heritage of these historical sites has not gone unnoticed, and now has earned them a spot as finalists.Their dedication exemplifies the spirit of community and the invaluable contributions that often go unnoticed.
North Kesteven District Council Leader Councillor Richard Wright said:
“It’s fantastic to see Malcolm and Hazel shortlisted as unsung heroes in the upcoming 2023 Destination Tourism Excellence Awards, and that is exactly what I think they are too.
“It’s their dedication and passion for these two venues – Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford and Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby respectively – that has helped many visitors create lasting memories and kept the history of both places alive, together with their fellow colleagues and volunteers.
"I wish them both the best of luck ahead of the awards ceremony.
“Their effort mirrors the hard work and passion displayed by all our volunteers and teams across our venues.
"Their position as finalists also reflects on North Kesteven and its many venues and attractions which together make the District a great place to be, and I’m pleased to see many of these are also shortlisted.”
The awards ceremony will take place in October.
More information can be found on the Destination Lincolnshire website.