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Civic Awards 2022

1st January 2022 / News, News-HP

Civic Award Nominations open for 2022!

Each year, Chippenham Town Council presents Civic Awards to individuals, organisations and groups who have made a material contribution to the advancement, wellbeing, and welfare of the people of Chippenham or demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

You must be able to demonstrate that the person(s) nominated have fulfilled at least one of the following:

• made a material contribution to the advancement, wellbeing, and welfare of the people of Chippenham

• supported charitable work carried out in the Town

• assisted the work of the Town Council in a voluntary capacity

• demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

All nominations will be received by the Civic Matters Sub Committee who will make a recommendation for Award winners to the Town Council. Civic Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Civic Sunday.

The nominations are now open and to nominate someone please click HERE.

Nominations will close on Monday 28 February 2021.

Please email your completed nomination form to enquiries@chippenham.gov.uk.

Our Civic Award Winners over the past three years:

2021

Dan Townson
Recognised for making a material difference to the wellbeing and welfare of local children prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan has volunteered at Chippenham Rugby Club for 7 years and is currently the Head Coach of the under 9s team. Recognising that children’s sport is about so much more than learning a game, Dan has ensured that all his training sessions aim to develop his young players’ fitness, physical ability, social skills, and maturity. Due to the pandemic, Dan moved the training sessions from the pitch to online Zoom meetings each week. Dan has also recently started to mentor a Duke of Edinburgh scheme student from a local secondary school, encouraging them to help coach and given responsibility alongside the other under 9 coaches.

 

Chippenham Rotary Club
With an active membership of over 45 people, Chippenham Rotary Club have been based in the town since 1948. During this time the club have provided their time and actively fundraised to support community-based activities and charities. Over the past year during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the rotary club ran a fundraising pop up shop in the High Street, answered a call from the Chippenham Salvation Army Foodbank for volunteers to assist in the delivery of their services, and established links with local supermarkets for essential food supplied. The club also collected surplus IT equipment forging links with Wiltshire Digital Drive to ensure the equipment was distributed to school children than needed to access online learning.

 

Steve & Linda Jenner
Recognised for their fundraising and pastoral care to the community, Steve and Linda Jenner own the Three Crowns Pub in Chippenham. Switching to virtual events over the past due to having to close the premises during lockdown. Steve and Linda ran cooking classes, quiz nights and music & arts events. These events were used to check in with each other, especially with those who lived alone. During their virtual events, money was raised for local and national charities such as Dorothy House and Alzheimer’s Support. When the premises could open the Jenner’s provided food to ensure potentially vulnerable people saw a familiar face and a hot meal. Steve also recently assisted a resident who had collapsed in the street, reassuring the resident until an ambulance arrived.

 

Charlie Romain
Charlie has been a volunteer with The RISE Trust for several years, initially supporting the continuation of a very popular Stay and Play session. Due to financial constraints, without Charlie volunteering to run this group, RISE would have had to cancel it. Charlie was very committed to providing a safe and relaxing play environment. During lockdown whilst we have been unable to provide this face-to-face support, Charlie has been key in instigating ways to utilise social media platforms to bridge the gap. She assisted RISE to provide support and guidance for parents during this challenging period. Charlie has spent considerable time planning and creating videos of herself and her children to be shared on RISE’s social media pages.

 

Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal Trust
Recognised for their continued restoration of the Pewsham locks, and for inspiring local residents to get involved in this important part of the town’s history. Prior to the pandemic the group members actively took part in local events to promote the work the trust has undertaken not just locally in Chippenham, but across the whole canal; to raise much-needed funds for the continued restorative works.

2020

Alfie Lennon

11 year old Alfie Lennon raised £1612.80 for Doorway through the annual big sleep out in Chippenham and baking cakes and selling them.

Chippenham and District Talking Newspapers

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 to residents who are blind or partially sighted.

Chippenham Lions

Awarded a Civic Award for their active interest in the Chippenham community through various fundraising events.

Chippenham Salvation Army Foodbank

Organised by the Salvation Army in Chippenham, various have grown and developed Chippenham’s very own Foodbank, through effective refferals, donations, and store collections to ensure it meets the weekly need of the community of Chippenham.

Melanie Vickery and the North Wiltshire Badminton Project

Devoting at least 16 hours per week to voluntary coaching, (not including the administration and promotion work Melanie undertakes), Melanie has worked hard to develop relationships with local primary schools to deliver Badminton England’s primary school programme.

2019

Natasha Savage (for her work for Rise Trust)

Natasha volunteers at the Rise Trust pre-school setting, volunteering up to 3 times a week, much more than is expected of her.

Kathryn Brown (for her work for Rise Trust)

As part of the Rise Trust voluntary Family Visiting Service, Kathryn visits families that are facing difficulties and need extra assistance, providing listening ear or practical help.

Foodbox and Open Table at St Peters Church

Foodbox and Open table liaise with local supermarkets to take their surplus food and redistribute it to those individuals and families in need.

Nigel Linacre (for his work for Wellboring)

Nigel helped set up, promote and help fundraise for the charity, Wellboring. Wellboring has supported 60 wells to be dug in Kenyan and Ugandan villages since the charity started in 2015.

Chippenham Gateway

Manned completely by volunteers, Chippenham Gateway is a social club for adults with disabilities or learning difficulties. Each week the club puts on different activities for example arts and crafts to Bingo and film nights.