There was a special honour for High Sheriff of Cheshire Susan Sellers at this year’s Cheshire Rural Women’s Awards as well as honours for women from Frodsham, Willaston and Ashton Hayes.

Mrs Sellers received an award for her past and present work in rural communities, particularly her charity work.

Chief fire officer Paul Hancock welcomed everyone to the event that was was held at Winsford Fire HQ.

Jackie Weaver, chief officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, hosted the evening.

Nicola Miloleizik, of Frodsham Youth Association, won an award for helping young people. Unable to attend the ceremony, her award was collected by Councillor Lynn Riley on her behalf.

Joan Butcher earned her award for being a significant influence in Willaston over many years. She established the Willaston Village Festival Society and has initiated a project learning about the lives of people named on the local war memorial.

Jane Colville, of Ashton Hayes, was awarded for her work in the village which includes being chairman of the Parish Council and a lead on the local Neighbourhood Plan.

David Briggs, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Susan Sellers, the High Sheriff of Cheshire and Councillor Eleanor Johnson
 

Cheshire West and Chester councillor Eleanor Johnson presented the winners with their awards. She said: “I have been involved with the Rural Women’s Awards since the very first event 12 years ago.

“The council usually nominates women for two awards but this year we gave three due to the amount of impressive nominations.

“I have always been overawed by the achievements of what our rural women have done for their communities.

“I do not know how they find the time, and as one winner said this year she could really do with eight days in a week.”

The annual awards ceremony in Cheshire began in 2002 and is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire Association of Local Councils, Cheshire Community Action, Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Howard Worth Accountants and Reaseheath Enterprise Delivery Hub.