The winners and ‘highly commended’ recipients across the 13 categories

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (sponsored by Daniel Robinson & Sons) – Peter Scarlett, for 61-year service to Bishop’s Stortford rugby club plus service as co-founder and director of employment support charity Kickstart and the Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford.

SPORTS PERSONALITY (sponsored by Tees Law) – Winner: Ashley Sutton, British Touring Car Championship winner for third time. Highly commended: Alan Hazell, Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club fixtures secretary and Covid officer.

CHARITY CHAMPION (sponsored by Mullucks) – Winner: Citizens Advice East Herts. Highly commended: Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank.

Indies Class of 2021 – the winners and ‘highly commended’ recipients on stage at the end of the awards ceremony. Pic: Vikki Lince

JOHN TURNER MEMORIAL AWARD (sponsored by Stortford Indie) – Joint recipients: Cllr Mike Wood, long-serving town, district and county councillor and South Mill Arts trustee and volunteer, and Ray Greenwood, Bishop’s Stortford

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Find all of your hygge essentials such as Christmas trees, wreaths, decorations, gifts and mulled wine at Folies of Stansted

Folies of Stansted’s Sally Lewis lets Indie readers in on her best secrets for embracing hygge, the Danish concept of cosiness and conviviality, this winter…

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish word that sums up the ultimate in comfort, cosiness and wellbeing.

It is a long tradition in Scandinavia to celebrate throughout November and December by embracing/hugging (hygge) and enjoying the darker evenings and colder nights.

And there are plenty of hygge traditions that we can all enjoy.

Keep things simple – throw out the high heels and party dresses and replace them with cosy slippers, snuggly clothes and warm lighting.

If you have a hearth or a little alcove in your home, fill it with candles for an exquisite and radiant sense of a home fire. St Eval’s candle Christmas scents, such as inspiritus, orange & cinnamon and winter thyme, will be sure to create the hygge atmosphere that

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Zoe Dee Hair and Beauty celebrating 10 years in Church Street, Bishop’s Stortford

Zoe Dee Hair and Beauty is celebrating 10 years of providing a first-class service to its loyal clients in Bishop’s Stortford.

Owner Zoe Hobday and her friendly team believe passionately in providing the highest level of hairdressing and bespoke beauty treatments so customers can indulge, relax and be beautiful.

And its glowing reputation for quality and a focus on customer service has ensured the salon has come through a recession and the pandemic to mark a decade at its Church Street premises in the heart of the town centre.

Owner Zoe Hobday, back row, third from left, and her team at Zoe Dee Hair and Beauty in Bishop’s Stortford. Pic: Vikki Lince. (53203781)

“I can’t explain how great our loyal customers have been,” said Zoe, who lives in Stansted with husband David and their two teenage children. “They interacted really well with us through email and social media, and really

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Christmas tree festival in St Mary’s Church in Farnham also features music, gift fair, refreshments and Santa

The Friends of Farnham Church are hosting their fifth Christmas tree festival in St Mary’s in the village.

The event on Saturday December 18, from 11am to 4pm, will also feature music from Woodwind of Stortford, Nancy May, Andrew Bruce and the parish’s bellringers.

There will be more than 30 decorated trees, including a ‘memory tree’ and tags provided by Bishop’s Stortford-based funeral director Daniel Robinson & Sons for visitors to remember loved ones.

Farnham church tree festival (53318669)

Father Christmas will be calling in with a sack of goodies for children between noon and 1pm, and there will be a range of refreshments available, including bacon rolls, burgers, home-made cakes, mulled wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

A Christmas fayre will feature gifts and there will also be a raffle.

One of the organisers, Maddy Willis, said: “Entrance is free but donations towards the cost of installing a toilet

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