The 2014 East Riding Chairman’s Awards were announced at a ceremony at The Spa Bridlington and among them were two Driffield area winners.
Victor in the built heritage category for single new dwellings or conversions was The former Eagle Inn, Skerne, and there to receive the award from Coun Claude Mole was building firm owner Mr Angus Naylor.
The Eagle Inn is a rare survivor of a public house without a bar counter, where beer was served directly from the cellar. This early 19th century listed building was very run-down and in poor condition by the time it closed, some 10 years ago. It has now found a new lease of life being converted into a dwelling, work which has been carried out to a very high standard.
The layout of the building, which is important historically, has been preserved, including the area from which the beer was served, which is now a utility room. The ramshackle outbuildings to the rear have been rebuilt and extended, forming kitchen, dining area and additional bedroom space, and the yard and car park landscaped.
The front of the building retains its distinctive central entrance and bay windows, along with a new, specially cast, plaque of an eagle which sits proudly next to the door.
Winner in the environment category was Sylvia Milner, of Middleton on the Wolds. In her role as environmental teaching assistant at Middleton on the Wolds Primary School, Sylvia has transformed the school’s surroundings and widened the children’s knowledge of the environment.
She took over the wildlife garden, working with the pupils to turn it from an overgrown, inaccessible patch of land to a garden for the whole community. She helps the children to develop vegetable plots, grow fruit and plant flowers, bulbs and trees. They also record their activities in diaries, which raises their awareness of the environment and the changing seasons.
Sylvia has introduced composting to the school, involving the pupils in the process so that each classroom composts its food waste. She is a hard working role model who commits her own time for the benefit of the pupils, accompanying them to events such as the Environmental Conference.
Sylvia Milner said she would like to thank the staff, head teacher and children at the school. “I would particularly like to thank the headteacher, Steve Woodhouse, who is totally committed to children learning outdoors, as am I. It is the children who are going to solve the environmental problems of the future,” she said.