On Saturday 17 September we welcomed our 5 wonderful recipients of a Civic Award in a socially distanced manor as each recipient had an individual time slot throughout the course of the day. The Mayor of Chippenham, Teresa Hutton thanked each recipient for their amazing hard work and outstanding citizenship as they were handed their award.
Mayor of Chippenham, Teresa Hutton spoke highly of this year’s award recipients ‘Although our usual Civic Award ceremony was unable to go ahead this year it was a wonderful opportunity to meet and personally congratulate each individual and organisation in person that has contributed to improving the welfare and wellbeing to the residents of Chippenham.’
A big well done and congratulations to our 2020 Civic Award recipients:
11 year old Alfie Lennon, has been concerned for those who unfortunately find themselves sleeping rough from a young age. In January 2020, Alfie was old enough to participate in local homeless charity Doorway annual big sleep out in Chippenham. Sleeping outside in cold rain in St Andrews Churchyard in January, Alfie set himself a target to raise £500 for the charity. In addition to sleeping out, he baked cakes and sold them, raising an amazing £1612.80 for Doorway.
Chippenham and District Talking Newspapers
The group allow blind and partially sighted residents of Chippenham to receive recordings of the latest local papers. The group consists of approximately 40 volunteers, who act as recording operators and readers. Once a week they read and record the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on to a memory stick, which is then posted free of charge to residents. The group also covers other local areas and record the appropriate local newspaper. Listeners are given a free of charge speaker unit, to keep as long as needed. All costs of the group are met by donations and fundraising.
Chippenham Lions Club
Formed 47 years ago, the Chippenham Lions Club was nominated for their active interest in the Chippenham Community. Each year the club fundraise organising events such as the Cherished Car Fun Day and the Father Christmas Float which visits many residential areas over the festive season. This fundraising is then distributed to meet the need of the community, individuals and organisations.
Chippenham Salvation Army Community Work – Foodbank
Organised by the Salvation Army in Chippenham, volunteers have grown and developed Chippenham’s very own foodbank, through effective referrals, donations and store collections to ensure it meets the weekly need of the community of Chippenham whether this be in the form of food parcels or hosted at the Salvation Army building. In addition to this each festive season they organise an appeal for toys alongside the food donations for hundreds of families.
Melanie Vickery and the North Wiltshire Badminton Project
Working full time and with a passion for Badminton, Melanie trained to become a coach and in 2017 set up the North Wiltshire Badminton Project to inspire children to take up the sport. Devoting at least 16 hours per week to voluntary coaching, (not including the administration and promotion work Melanie undertakes), Melanie works has worked hard to develop relationships with local primary schools to deliver Badminton England’s primary school programme, and to develop her team of assistant coaches.
Each year Chippenham Town Council present Civic Awards to individuals, organisations and community groups who have made a material contribution to the advancement, wellbeing and welfare of the people of Chippenham or demonstrated outstanding citizenship. If you would like to find out more about our Civic Award scheme then more information is available HERE.