We’re presenting this year’s civic awards at our Civic Sunday service this weekend on September 4.
Our councillors, in their ceremonial robes, will walk in procession from the Town Hall to St Andrew’s Church for the service.
If you’d like to watch the procession it leaves the Town Hall at 2.50pm. This year it will be accompanied by local jazz band Saxaphonics playing at the bottom of the Market Place between 2pm and 3pm.
Each year the town is invited to nominate people, groups and organisations deemed to be making a real difference to the town’s civic and community life for our civic awards presented after the service.
This year’s awards go to the Ivy Wildlife Garden, Jill Gillett of the Rise Trust children’s centre, Dick Stanger for his many years with Chippenham Folk Festival and Rob Catt for his work with Chippenham Movie Club, Wiltshire Vale Rotary Club, Probus Club, hospital radio, talking newspapers and Chippenham carnival.
Mayor Terry Gibson said: “Chippenham has dedicated people who make a real difference to our town through the work they do. These awards help recognise that work and I’m delighted that they are being formally recognised and thanked.
“Two of this year’s recipients have put in many years of hard work – Rob Catt who has worked with a large number of organisations and Dick Stanger who has been involved with the internationally renowned folk festival for four decades. These awards are very well deserved.”