THE community of Halesowen including shops which went above and beyond during the pandemic and hard-working volunteers have been recognised for their efforts at an awards ceremony.

The Fruit Deli and volunteer Neill Knott were amongst those recognised at Dudley CVS Kindness Awards Thursday October 21.

The awards were held to celebrate community spirit, kindness and compassion that had been shown across the borough.

Recognition was given to local people who were active in their communities and helped make a difference throughout the pandemic.

A string of kind-hearted and dedicated members of the Halesowen community celebrated after winning awards and Roll of Honour mentions.

Neill Knott, also known as Biscuit, was awarded the Stepping Up in the Community Award for volunteering his time to support Halesowen town centre and Halesowen In Bloom.

Jenni Boast won the Being Neighbourly Award for bringing the community together during the pandemic with sing-outs, treasure hunts and competitions for children.

Halesowen BID manager Vicky Rogers was included in the event's Roll of Honour for her continued support for Halesowen businesses.

Amanda Houghton, from Halesowen In Bloom, was also included in the Roll Of Honour for her work in a derelict community garden on Hill Street, where she has cleared weeds and planted bird and bee friendly plants.

The Fruit Deli were mentioned for their efforts to go above and beyond in delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to vulnerable people throughout lockdown, proving a real lifeline for many.

The Westgrove Group was recognised for providing first aid and ensuring visitors adhered to the COVID safety measures and one-way systems in the town.

The Wandering Waterers were thanked for their support in ensuring all of the award winning Halesowen In Bloom's planters and troughs were watered ahead of the judge's visits.

Halesowen BID Manager, Vicky Rogers said: "I was thrilled to see such a large representation of the Halesowen community at the awards.

"It just goes to show how everyone across the town and the borough have come together to support each other.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has given their time to volunteer in Halesowen, you have all helped our town to not just survive the past 12 months, but thrive, during a period of such uncertainty."

Halesowen In Bloom Chairman, Eve O'Connor said: "I'm so happy to see our Bloom Volunteers recognised for their hard work and dedication.

"It's been a very challenging year for our community and it is with thanks to everyone recognised at these awards that we have been able to keep our spirits high through the duration of the pandemic."