ANDREW DEVONSHIRE - 1966 - 2015
Andrew Devonshire was a true friend to the then Bonington Junior School and now Crabtree Farm Primary School for over twenty years. Andrew had been a very active member within our community, being a school governor and previously a member of staff. Andrew has played a huge part in the life of the school and in many young lives through basketball and football clubs, sports leaders, and not to mention all the residential visits and other educational visits he has supported over twenty years.
Although Andrew may be lost he will certainly never be forgotten.
Each year, the Nottingham City Council hold a special event called the ‘Going the Extra Mile Awards’ (GEM). This is an event for people who have been nominated for awards in achieving and demonstrating great ability, skill and effort in their different areas of work.
This year, Andy Devonshire was nominated by Crabtree Farm Primary School staff and children for the unsung hero award (employee of the year). There was a lengthy selection process in which many people were nominated (over 300!) but only 3 finalists were picked for each category.
Andy did not win the unsung hero award this year! However, the Nottingham City Council judging panel and management decided that his contribution to his community and school was so incredible that he was awarded an extra special award. Andy was awarded the life time special achievement award in recognition of everything that he had done for the school and community.
As we all know, Andy sadly passed away so his wife Lynne and sister Irene were there to receive the award on his behalf.
The event was huge and hundreds of people were there to share in the celebrations. He received a standing ovation from the staff and management of the City Council and Members of Parliament were also there, they were very kind to talk to Lynne and give her warm wishes.
Andy did an amazing job of inspiring the children and people that he worked with. He is missed deeply by the school and his legacy will continue in the growing passion for sports and clubs that the school is now developing and beginning.
We hope that this message of Andy’s award inspires you and your children to join in and have a go at sports and play.