Celebrating the Stars of the Stokes

20th June 2017

Last Friday, Dunkley’s colleagues Nicole, Joanne, Kirsty and Julie attended the Stars of the Stokes award at the Double Tree Hilton in Bradley Stoke. The awards were in recognition for those within the local area who deserve to be praised for their outstanding contribution to the community and personal achievements.

The awards started with prosecco, cocktails and a few selfies before moving into the main room where we found our table and cue cards. As we were one of the sponsors of the event, we had to announce the winner of the ‘Star Teacher’ award. Kirsty, Joanne and Julie were not impressed that I had roped them into presenting so we split the finalist ‘mini speeches’ between us to read. Before the actual awards ceremony started, we had a lovely 3 course dinner consisting of a tomato quiche starter, beef main and a chocolate pudding. Following on from the meal, the awards started.

Stars of the Stokes

Mr Alan Dedicote, the voice of the balls and strictly come dancing, was the compare for the evening and he started the awards off by proving who he was by saying ‘release those money balls’ and ‘the judges have their scores’. It was very surreal! The first awards were then given out, we were all very nervous to know when we would be going up as it was all in a randomised order. After 3 very worthy winners, it was our time to present the Star Teacher award.

We had 3 finalists in the category; Mrs Mandy Mulley, Mrs Tracey Foster and Miss Julie Barnett. With the 3 finalists, we wanted to recognise 2 as they were very worthy contenders, the first was Miss Julie Barnett from Baileys Court Primary School who was described as ‘a woman who has made a real difference to the children’s lives in her school’ and the second was Mrs Tracey Foster who was described as ‘a woman who has made a very positive impact on the children’s lives within the school.’ Our winner, with a staggering 21 nominations was Mrs Mandy Mulley (pictured below) from Little Stokes Primary School who was described as a ‘very well-loved teacher who has made a real difference to so many young people’s lives over the last 15 years in her position at the school.

Mandy Mulley

We felt very privileged to be part of the awards ceremony and present these 3 awards to such deserving people in the community. They truly go above and beyond their daily roles to make a real difference and we want to once again congratulate them all.

After our category, a further 4 awards were presented once again to 4 very well deserving individuals. Following the awards, there was a disco which we danced the night away to!

We hope to be part of the Stars of the Stokes awards again next year but wanted to once again congratulate Mandy on winner the Star Teacher category but also all the other category winners and ‘recognised’ finalists! 


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