Guests gather to honour Fylde's top woman

Dedicated volunteer Margaret West, who spent 25 years helping improve the lives of hundreds of people, was named Fylde Woman of the Year at a luncheon at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 3:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th March 2017, 11:49 am
Katie and Patricia Fieldhouse, and Janet Wardell.

Scout leader Rose Marshall and youth worker and entrepreneur Elaine Gregoire, of Streetwise Youth group Warton, were highly commended.

The event - staged by Fylde MP Mark Menzies and our sister paper the Lytham St Annes Express - celebrated the often unheralded work carried out in Fylde.

Mr Menzies said: “The judges told me they genuinely struggled to narrow down the field, and an even tougher time picking the winner. It’s been a delight reading about what feels like a secret army of community champions making our borough all the better. But they shouldn’t be secret.”

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Representatives from Just Good Friends community group

Among those shortlisted were In Bloom co-ordinators, cubs leaders, those fighting isolation, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence and those helping young women tackle peer pressure.

Mrs West, of St Annes, has operated a drop-in centre for the past 25 years. With a small band of volunteers, she offers a hot meal and a place to chat twice a week from the Aspire Building in St Albans Road, to vulnerable people.

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Read more about the annual Fylde Woman Of The Year scheme here
Nominee Elaine Gregoire (right) with Colin and Margaret Summers, Gerry and Ella-Grace Gregoire
Fylde mayoral table
Last year's winner Pam Young (right) and runner-up Linda Salkeld with respective husbands Mike and Richard
Laura and Beverley Harrison, Zara and Carlla Harris
Margaret West, 2017 Fylde Woman Of the Year
Representatives from Just Good Friends community group
Nominee Elaine Gregoire (right) with Colin and Margaret Summers, Gerry and Ella-Grace Gregoire
Fylde mayoral table
Last year's winner Pam Young (right) and runner-up Linda Salkeld with respective husbands Mike and Richard
Laura and Beverley Harrison, Zara and Carlla Harris
Margaret West, 2017 Fylde Woman Of the Year