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‘The John Barker Trophy’ – Recognising Community Building Volunteers

For many years Lincolnshire community building committees were able to call upon the technical expertise of John Barker on building related matters.  To celebrate this, and recognise the work of those volunteers who give their time and effort to manage and maintain community buildings, Community Lincs hold this trophy competition each year.


Community buildings provide a hub for rural communities, they are available on a daily basis for activities for social, recreational and cultural activities.   We use the term community building to describe a building managed by volunteers for the benefit of their local community.  They have different titles for example Village Hall, Memorial Hall, Church Hall, WI Hut, Town Hall, Youth Club, Parish Hall and Community Centre.

The John Barker Trophy


Each year we invite committees to nominate one or more persons who volunteer their time to the competition under the following categories:


  • Active Long Service Award – to celebrate the hard work and commitment someone has given over10 years’ service.
  • Inspirational Leadership Award – bringing the committee together, ensuring that the organisation is well managed and introducing new and exciting ideas for the development of the building.
  • Unsung Hero – behind the scenes work, such as regular maintenance, bookings, key holders, etc.
  • Building Project Award – someone who has shown exceptional commitment and contribution to a new build or improvement project.


We have written guidance on how to write a good nomination which you can download here.  If you have any queries about writing a nomination, please do let me know and I will be happy to help.


The winner of each category receives a certificate at an event to be held during Village Halls Week.


In 2020 we put the award on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, however we hope to be able to hold the competition again in 2021 so watch this space!