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The winners: Gloucestershire Family Awards 2017

The long awaited Gloucestershire Family Awards took place on Friday, 17 November at the Stonehouse Court Hotel and Rendcomb College Junior School were proud to be headline sponsors of the event.

Head of Juniors, Gavin Roberts
Head of Juniors at Rendcomb College, Gavin Roberts

More than 100 guests attended the awards ceremony that was organised by CheltenhamMaman in collaboration with Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice with all proceeds from the event going to the charity. The awards celebrated all that is brilliant for families in Gloucestershire.

CheltenhamMaman is run by Old Rendcombian Kate Starkey who was named 'Digital Woman of the Year 2017' and has also won the ODEON UK Blog Award in the Parenting category.

In his speech to guests at the event, Head of Juniors at Rendcomb College, Gavin Roberts said: “Family is very much the essence of what Rendcomb College Junior School is all about and, like so many of the organisations and groups represented here tonight, we recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents.

“At Rendcomb, we value an holistic education in its truest sense and we believe firmly that the best classroom has no walls. Our outstanding Forest School is at the centre of our outdoor education provision and all that we do is geared towards developing confidence and a resilience of character within our pupils.

“We were visited recently by reviewers from both the Good Schools Guide and also Muddy Stilettos and described as ‘a place where character comes first and superficiality is correctly dismissed’ and also as having ‘an amazing community spirit and an all-round inclusive family friendly feel.’ It is such qualities that have led us to be here supporting these awards tonight.”

Here are the award categories and the results:

Kate Starkey, CheltenhamMaman
Kate Starkey of CheltenhamMaman
1. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY EMPLOYER

Winner: SuperGroup

Highly Commended: Toddington Nursery School

2. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY INDEPENDENT RETAILER

Winner: The Willow Tree

Highly Commended: Carousel

3. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY EATERY

Winner: School House Café

4. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S BEST PREGNANCY SUPPORT SERVICE

Winner: The Bump to Baby Chapter

Highly Commended: Stroud Maternity Unit

5. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S BEST BABY AND/OR TODDLER CLASSES/EVENTS

Winner: Tatty Bumpkin

Highly Commended: Babel Babies

6. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S BEST MUM RECOVERY SERVICE

Winner: Gloucestershire breastfeeding supporters’ network

Highly Commended: MumsFit, Health, Energy & Fitness

7. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S MOST FAMILY FOCUSED COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Winner: The team at Gloucestershire Bundles

Highly Commended: Laura Smith of Cheltenham Rocks

8. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S FAMILY FAIRY GODMOTHER AS CHOSEN BY CHELTENHAMMAMAN

Winner: Andrea Warner of Tatty Bumpkin