CHEADLE Tourism community group are celebrating after receiving a commendation award from the TOWNS ALIVE program for the ground breaking Pugin Bicentenary Celebrations held in 2012.
The award recognises all the hard work done by the volunteers to ensure success of the heritage lottery and community funded project.
Ivan Wozniak, acting chairman, said: "We are delighted to receive this award which is the culmination of three years hard work by the group.
"Little did we know that a small gem of an idea would result in a celebration which would have such national appeal."
Almost 20,000 people visited the Pugin Centre, Pugin's Gem St Giles R C Church, and the town during the year.
One of the legacies of the project is the Cheadle Discovery and Visitor centre, formerly Pugin Centre, which was highly praised by visitors and locals alike and continues to provide monthly exhibitions and craft activities.
The group has gone from strength to strength after implementing its first 'Better Welcome' Tourism project which delivered new welcome gateway signs to the town, a heritage trail around the town, and the colourful re-branding of the town.
More recently the group has been instrumental in the development of a Cheadle website www.cheadlestaffordshire.co.uk which provides information about Cheadle for locals, visitors, and business.
Mike Plant, a local historian and secretary of the Cheadle Historical Society, said: "The website has been a big success particularly the 'What's on in Cheadle' section."
This year the group have commissioned the new brown tourism 'Pugin's Gem' road signs at all major routes to the town.
Already they are proving successful in guiding new visitors to the town.
Looking to the future, Mr Wozniak said: "We have many new ideas for the town but need more members to help deliver the projects.
"Ideally we are looking for people with local tourism businesses, who have local knowledge and the passion to help us promote Cheadle.
"Development of links with the Churnet Valley, the marketing of Cheadle and area, and support for the Discovery and Visitor Centre are items high on our agenda."
The group meets six weekly at 5.30pm for approx two hours. If you think you would like to get involved or can help in any way, contact Mr Wozniak on 01538 751200 or by email at email@example.com