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A RECORD number of nominations were received for this year’s Shiregreen Community Awards - with more than 30 residents chosen for special recognition on the night.

Presentations were held at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, where guests sipped Shiregreen-themed cocktails such as Bubbling Beck, Heavenly Hartley and Fruity Valentine.

The first category to be announced was the Make A Difference Award.

Among the winners were Lisa Wigfield, who leads adult learning courses at Shiregreen’s United Reformed Church.

As well as running the classes, Lisa works for the local Children and Families Project on a part-time basis, leading children’s clubs.

“I think people need to raise their aspirations and be able to achieve something,” Lisa said.

“People can go home and they’ve made something. It makes training and education look like good fun.”

Meanwhile, green-fingered Steve Gregory was one of the winners in the Talent Award category.

Steve, who lives on Keppel Road, is a member of the Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood, and is also involved in the Trade Base Allotment project on Windmill Lane.

“I love my voluntary work. It brings me into regular contact with like-minded people, gives me plenty of healthy exercise and allows me to indulge my passion for gardening and community work,” he said.

Will Stocks, winner of the Contribution to Sport award, added: “It’s inspiring to hear about the talent we have. I’m touched someone wanted to recognise my own contribution.”