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Last year's winner, John Ackroyd

Nominations are now being sought for the second Papa Owl Awards, which celebrate invention, creativity, skill development, the recognition of creative thought and fighting against the odds of life to achieve extraordinary things here on the Isle of Wight.

To celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Geoff Lilley OBE, who died in Ryde in 2015, a dinner will be taking place at the Three Buoys Restaurant in Ryde on Friday 1st March.

Geoff was an inventor, innovator, scientist and engineer and he was passionate about encouraging young people to think out of the box and really develop their natural talent. He was a founder trustee of Winchester Science Centre for children.

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The Lilley family have established a yearly event to celebrate Geoff’s work and this incorporates the annual Papa Owl Awards, which acknowledge others that resonate his beliefs in the unique abilities in all human beings.

Michael Lilley, Chair of the Papa Owl Awards Panel, says:

“The 2018 Awards were very successful and we had real inspirational winners who established the benchmark for the awards, in John Ackroyd for the Wise Owl Award and the IW Synchronised Skaters for the Little Owl Award. This year we have four awards.

“The main awards of Wise and Little Owls are open for nomination by the Isle of Wight Community, with two new Owl awards nominated by our co-partners, Wight Aviation Museum for an Islander who has contributed to preserving Aviation Heritage on the Island and Isle of Wight Youth Trust for Young People who contributed to raising awareness of mental health on the Island.

“For the main Awards, we want to know of ordinary Islanders who have done something extraordinary in their lives whether an individual or group. Last year’s winners provide excellent examples of what the Award’s Panel is looking for and we need Islanders to tell us who these amazing individuals and groups are!”

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How to nominate:

The nomination process is via social media. Posts will be scheduled for Monday 18th February (Wise Old Owl Awards) and Wednesday 20th February (Little Owl Award) allowing people to comment their nominee and why they should win. Entries will close on Friday 22nd February.

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The award winners will be presented their Awards by Cllr Michael Lilley (Chair of the Awards Panel and Papa Owl Publishing), John Kenyon (Chair of Wight Aviation Museum), Malcolm Marshall (Chair of Isle of Wight Youth Trust) and Emma Foster (Three Buoys).

They will all receive a commemorative Owl picture painted by Tania Wight and £100 for each.

Emma and Tim Foster of The Three Buoys have said:

“We are overjoyed to be the venue of the 2nd Papa Owl Annual Dinner and Awards. We take great satisfaction in supporting local charities such as Wight Aviation Museum and Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

“Last year we were delighted to be the host to the Award winners John Ackroyd and the IW Young Skaters as they are extraordinary people. John is a real local legend and the IW young skaters are inspirational. We are really excited to hear the stories of the 2019 Award Winners. ”

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