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Medway Culture, Design and Tourism Awards
Celebrating excellence in arts, culture, design,
heritage and tourism
The Medway Culture, Design and
Tourism Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements
of groups, individuals, projects and people
and their contributions to the area’s cultural vitality.
The 14 winners of the 2015 awards were
announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday, 22 October at
MidKent College, Gillingham.
Winner: Wordsmithery - Husband and
wife team who have curated and created a number of highly
successful literary projects and collaborations in Medway since
Other shortlisted nominees: Children’s Book
Festival; Rochester Literature Festival; Caffe Dell Artista.
Winner: Sian Bostwick - Local
jewellery designer creating beautiful jewels inspired and
influenced by treasured tales and stories.
Other shortlisted nominees: Jatin Patel.
Winner: The James Taylor Quartet - One of the coolest
sounds in funky acid jazz for over a quarter of a
Other shortlisted nominees: Alan Mash; Daniel
Turnbull; Homespun Independent Music and Arts Festival;
Pete Molinari; Wendy Back and Joining Voices
Team; Into The Pits Promotion.
Winner: Dovetail Games - local games
business creating digital hobbies and games which are enjoyed
throughout the world.
Other shortlisted nominees: The Big Screen;
For the Fallen Challenge; Natasha Steer; Walls and Gardens Mobile
Winner: The IN-SITE project - A series of public realm
art works at changing regeneration sites in Rochester and Chatham
aimed at supporting local artists and increasing participation in
Other shortlisted nominees: Great
Expectations; Rochester Kino; The Wetlands Project; Nucleus
Winner: Laura King and Looking Kloser
- Providing drama and arts sessions in Gillingham for people with
learning and physical disabilities as well as young people who do
not attend school.
Other shortlisted nominees: Medway Little
Theatre; Play on Words Theatre Company; Aidan Dooley; Ideas
Winner: The Auditorium - Transforming
the old Theatre Royal site in the heart of Chatham into a variety
of affordable housing for local residents.
Other shortlisted nominees: 1a and 1b
Westerham Close; 1-4 Romany Court, Twydall; Strood Community Hub
project; Empire Reach, Chatham.
Winner: The LV21 Lightship -
Beautifully restored historic light ship at Gillingham pier,
transformed into a vibrant floating cultural hub promoting and
supporting the creative sector.
Other shortlisted nominees: The Royal
Engineers Museum; The Huguenot Museum; Kayleigh Piper; The Norman
and Grunt Siege campaign.
Open Spaces and Public
Winner: The Great Lines Heritage Park
- A Green Flag standard environmental and cultural asset in the
heart of Medway working with local community groups.
Other shortlisted nominees: Friends of Grain
Coastal Park; Friends of Rede Common; Gillingham Local Roots;
IN-SITE public art project.
Hotel of the Year
Winner: The Bridgewood Manor Hotel -
Four star quality hotel providing innovative services for guests
and working in partnership with the local community.
Other shortlisted nominees: The Holiday Inn
Rochester-Chatham; The Ramada Encore Chatham.
Bed and Breakfast
Orchard Bed and Breakfast -
Family run 4 star silver award B&B offering a relaxing break in
Kits Coty Glamping - New luxurious
camping experience in the heart of Kent’s countryside providing
breakfast hampers and luxurious beds.
Other shortlisted nominees: Medway Little
Townhouse; Salisbury House Bed and Breakfast.
Winner: Sun Pier House - A thriving
much loved arts centre encompassing an art gallery, creative
office, artist studios and tearooms located on the River
Other shortlisted nominees: Diggerland; The
Huguenot Museum; Jetstream Tours; The LV21 Lightship.
Winner: Colin Adcock - First class
customer care always provided by Colin, who drives the Explore
Medway open top bus.
Other shortlisted nominees: Sweet Sonya’s
Cupcakes and Teatime Delights; Jetstream Tours; The Parking
Enforcement Team; Kaizen Antiques and Jewellery Shop.
Flavour of the Year
Winner: Kent Fine Foods - Highly
successful local food company producing an extensive variety of
jam, jellies, marmalades, pickles, chutneys, sauces and
Other shortlisted nominees: Kent in Crepe; The
10:50 from Victoria Micropub; Bruno’s Bakes and Cakes;
Sweet Sonya’s Cupcakes and Teatime
The nominations were assessed by an
panel and judged against the following criteria:
- Innovation in their field
- Contribution to Medway
- Delivering/attracting new audiences