Local editors and publishers came together last night as The Cambridge Building Society hosted its 14th annual Community Magazine Awards.
The awards ceremony, which adopted a traditional tea party theme, took place at the Cambridge Union Rugby Club.
Guests were greeted by music played by students from Bottisham Village College.
Fifty local community magazines entered this year’s awards and they were judged over ten individual categories.
Two new categories had been added to help recognise local charities and colleges that have been producing magazines and newsletters during 2011.
All ten categories had been formed to recognise the wide variety of community magazines in East Anglia. The categories included: Best Charity, Best College, Best Photo, Best Editorial, Best Front Page, Best Specialist Magazine, Most Improved Magazine, Previous Winner, High Frequency Magazine and Low Frequency Magazine.
Judges: Chris Elliott (right), Senior Reporter at The Cambridge News and Louise Bateman, Head of People at The Cambridge were joined by three new judges this year; Rob Bryant, Managing Director at Mobas, Phil Robinson, Lecturer in Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University and Anne Bullman, Federation Treasurer for the Cambridge Federation of the Women’s Institution.
Andy Lucas, Commercial Director at The Cambridge who opened the awards said: "We’re pleased to once again support these awards and recognise the work going on our local communities. This year we decided to refresh the awards and we feel they have been enhanced with the inclusion of new judges and categories.
"The annual awards have become an important event in the calendar and prove very popular every year. The magazines that these editors and publishers produce are really important to the local communities and we are pleased to be able to recognise this as part of our commitment to the communities that we operate in."
The winners of the awards were as follows:
- Best Front Page - The Link
- Best Editorial - The Phoenix (Hills Road Sixth Form College)
- Best Photo - Fen Drayton Magazine
- Best Charity - The Voice (National Childbirth Trust)
- Best College - The Phoenix (Hills Road Sixth Form College)
- Best Specialist Magazine – Bronze: Village Voices
Silver: The Mill
Gold: Goba News
- Most Improved – Sawston Scene
- Previous Winner – Within Reach
- Low Frequency Magazine – Bronze: Longstanton Life
Silver: Littleport Life
Gold: Sawston Scene
- High Frequency Magazine – Bronze: Great Shelford Village News
Silver: Comberton Contact
Gold: Fen Drayton Magazine
Andy Lucas adds: "I would like to personally congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone who entered the awards, the judges for their support and colleagues from The Cambridge Building Society who helped out at the ceremony."
Cambridge Building Society