FIVE people working for the benefit of the community have been recognised in the Lewes Civic Awards 2012.
Members of the public were asked to nominate individuals who had made a difference locally in the world of Arts, Community, Environment, Heritage and Sports.
The Mayor of Lewes, Cllr John Stockdale, presented the winners with their awards in a ceremony at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall.
The Arts honour went to James Poulter, a teacher and Manager of Creative and Cultural Arts at Sussex Downs College. He works with young people in Lewes developing their creative flair and imaginations.
Mary Sautter won the Community award in recognition of her exemplary service to the Lewes Victoria Hospital since the founding of the League of Friends in 1966.
She was hailed as the key person in enthusing the door-to-door collectors.
The Environment award went to Robert Cheesman, one of the first members of the Lewes Footpaths Group when it formed in 1964.
As a member of the local Civic Society, the Friends of Lewes, he spent a considerable amount of time supporting the proposal for the South Downs National Park, and he is a long-term member of the Wealden Line Campaign.
Roger Beasley won the Heritage honours thanks to his interest in the conservation of the town’s historical environment and involvement with the Linklater Pavilion.
The Sports award went to Ben Ward and recognised the huge commitment and enthusiasm he shows in many aspects of local life but particularly his dedication to Lewes Community Football Club.