On Monday 28thFebruary 2011, representatives of the Edenfield Village Residents’ Association (EVRA) attended the Pride of Rossendale Award Evening at The Riverside, Whitworth. The event, hosted by The Mayor of Rossendale and compèred by “Big H” from Rossendale radio, was to recognise the voluntary work and achievements of various groups and individuals within specified categories.
The EVRA had reached the final nomination stage in two of these categories – The Community Event of the Year Award (for the 2010 Village Fete) and The Community Group of the Year Award (for the various events and on-going activities of the EVRA) but was unsuccessful in achieving the top awards. These went to The Bacup Carnival Organising Committee and a Voluntary Community Drop-in Centre respectively.
However, The Mayor’s Special Award was awarded to Anthony (Tony) Graham, a founder member of the EVRA, for his 34 years of service and commitment to improving the quality of Edenfield Village Life. Sadly, Tony died shortly before Christmas 2010 but his brother Stuart received the award on his behalf.