MP announces Fylde Woman of the Year 2015


Mark Menzies MP vowed to make the event an annual occurrence after announcing Fylde Woman of the Year 2015 at a packed ceremony in Lytham this weekend.

The Member of Parliament said he had been delighted by the popularity of the event after the awards lunch to honour some of Fylde’s most inspirational women was attended by more than 100 people.

Mr Menzies initially launched the competition after becoming aware of the fine work done by local women – but feeling those efforts often went unmentioned.


And after announcing the winner of the competition, he said: “I had been thinking for a long time that there should be some kind of recognition for all the great work people – and women in particular – do in our communities.

“Whether that be through their volunteering and charity work, professional endeavours or family commitments, there are some inspirational women in Fylde and we had a lot of excellent nominees.

“Of course, none of these people ask for praise or reward for their efforts so it is up to someone like myself, as Member of Parliament, to make sure they do not go unsung.


“The winner, Christine Miller, is a community stalwart who I have come across many times in her different roles since being elected.

“She is involved with a large number of charities and community organisations and all the judges felt she was a worthy recipient of the award.

“However, it was not an easy decision so we also felt it fitting to praise the work of some of our other nominees, and they each received a bouquet of flowers.

“I was so impressed by the amount of people who attended to honour these women and they have obviously made a big difference in many people’s lives.

“After receiving a large number of nominations I had already decided that this should be an annual event but after seeing the amount of people at the awards ceremony I am even more convinced.

“So I would urge people to start thinking about their nominations for next year as I want that event to be even more of a success.”


The winner Christine Miller received multiple nominations from across the community and was felt to be a worthy winner by all the judges.


She has worked tirelessly for the local community for many years, not only through her work as Manager of the Fylde Local Strategic Partnership and her position as a Magistrate at Preston, but also through her work with many local organisations and charities including:


-          Fylde Food Bank

-          Fylde Sharks

-          Fylde Otters

-          Fylde FoodCo

-          Fylde Fairtrade


She is a past Governor of Blackpool and the Fylde College, works with the YMCA, is a Friend of Trinity Hospice, a Friend of St Cuthbert’s Church, a Sport Relief Mile administrator, organised litter picks and clean sweeps and has cared for vulnerable members of her community.

One nomination said: “Her enthusiasm and energy is boundless and is only matched by her calm ability to inspire and lead others.”

Another added: “I can bear witness to her incredible enthusiasm and dedication to all the causes which she embraces. She is truly a remarkable woman.”


The judging panel was made up of: Mark Menzies MP, Lytham businesswoman Katie Fieldhouse, Pear Tree School headteacher Leslie Sullivan, Martin Evans, licensee of the Hand and Dagger, Salwick, and Lytham St Annes Express news editor Chris Dixon.phpk0eMRMAM phpHen8AWAM phpteNOecAM phpq744DDAM

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