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04.03.23 – Newcastle Borough Heroes Winners, Staffordshire’s future electric vehicle charging network

Written by on 3 April 2023

The winners of the Newcastle Borough Heroes awards have been chosen – Selected for their contributions to communities in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.  The three winners were unveiled at an awards ceremony at Keele Hall last Friday.

The Community Champion Award went to Briony Bowler who has been involved with the scouting movement since the age of six.  When she turned 18 Briony proposed launching a scout section for older youngsters – and now around 50 youngsters attend, under the supervision of 12 leaders.

The Young Hero Award went to Hannah Wollas a volunteer at Kidsgrove Sports Centre – The 17-year-old began by cleaning, she then trained to become a receptionist and is now a qualified volunteer life guard – all the while still helping out around the building.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jim Worgan, who is a walking archive of the history of the Borough and wider North Staffordshire, having spent 40 years researching.

Jim was granted the Freedom of the Borough in 2021, and is still an active member of a wide range of local groups and societies giving tirelessly of his time and expertise.

Congratulations to all three – the first winners of what is likely to become an annual event



Funding worth more than £5 million to help deliver a plan for Staffordshire’s future electric vehicle charging network has been welcomed by the county council.

The grant is part of the Department for Transport’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund.  It aims to help local councils scale up the delivery of local charge points, allowing more residents, especially those without off street parking, to switch to EVs.

To access the funding the county council will now work with its district and borough council colleagues and key partners to develop a detailed business plan for submission before the application window ends in December 2023.