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10 February 2017


Communities thanked at Cohesion Awards night

Community groups, volunteers and members of the public were celebrated for their work in helping to keep Bedfordshire safe at a Community Cohesion awards ceremony last Friday (3 February).


Bedfordshire Police’s Community Cohesion team hosted the annual event, now in its third year, to thank all the community members whose support is vital in maintaining harmony of communities across the county.


The event was a great success with almost 300 representatives from communities across Bedfordshire joining the Community Cohesion officers to celebrate people’s achievements across 21 award categories.


Chief Inspector Hob Hoque said: “I am tremendously proud of Bedfordshire’s communities and of my team. Together we work hard every day to keep our county safe and peaceful. All of the award winners were well-deserved and we are looking forward to continuing these strong relationships.


“I would also say a massive ‘thank you’ to our sponsors as this event wouldn’t be possible without their support and to our amazing guests for their generosity.”


Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway said: “These awards represent the true state of play in judging how well Bedfordshire Police connects with communities across neighbourhoods, faith and age groups. People were reporting to me time and time again that their relationship with the force is better than in living memory and the Cohesion Team is genuinely the glue holding all this progress together."


The Community Cohesion team has received a number of appreciation letters following the event.


Lawrence and Vicky Fagbayi, from The Gospel Pentecostal, said: “We would like to congratulate you and your team for a splendid performance on Friday. It was a remarkable evening.”


Ruki Heritage, from the University of Bedfordshire, said: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the Cohesion team for the Thank You awards on Friday. We all had a fantastic evening and were all taken back just how well you have brought together the local community. I was also so very delighted with my award. Thanks so much for your acknowledgement of our partnership working and the difference we have made working together.”

Bedfordshire Police’s Community Cohesion Champions – from schools across the county – supported officers and staff in organising and leading the event.


This year’s event was sponsored by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, Garden Productions, The Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust, the University of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Pictons Solicitors, Bartham Group, Nadeem’s Plaza and Vauxhall Motors.

Cancer sufferer Mo Hoque, one of the guests invited to the event, was presented with a cheque for £500 towards his treatment raised by Community Cohesion and the Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, a collection by Community Cohesion Champions at the event raised a further £530 for his cause.


Award winners:

  • Mary Seacole Hosing Association received a Cohesion Charity Champions award
  • The National Community Tension Team received an Advice Ambassadors award
  • Ruki Heritage from UoB received an Educational Ambassador award
  • Moulana Qazi Abdul Aziz Chishti received a Critical Community Champion award
  • Luton Mela and The Big Iftar Planning Team received an Event Inclusion Champions award
  • Luton in Harmony was awarded with South Harmony Champions award
  • Bedford as One received an Integration Champions award
  • Luton Council of Faiths received a Inter Faith Champions award 
  • Mostaque Koyes received a Cohesion Networking Champion award
  • Queens Park Community Orchard received a North Harmony Champions
  • TOKKO and Victim Support received a Hate Crime Champions award
  • Ashfaque Chowdhury received a Cohesion Ambassador award
  • Peter Adams received a Mediation Champion award
  • Mohammed Nadeem received a Cohesion Business Support Champion award
  • The North Independent Advisory Group and the South Independent Advisory Group received a Scrutiny Champion awards
  • Luton Town Football Club received a Cohesion Sport Champion award
  • Kim Greig received a Projects Champion award
  • Sandra Hayes received a Partnership Champion award
  • Maureen Drummond received a Diversity Champion award
  • Hillborough Junior School, Queens Park Academy and UK Centre for Carnival Arts received a Creativity Champion awards
  • Montell Neufville was awarded in two categories as Stop Search Scrutiny Champion and Community Cohesion Choice Award