Civic Sunday is an annual event that acknowledges the work and contribution made by the many local organisations, groups and individuals who work selflessly to enhance the quality of town life in Chippenham. Civic Sunday aims to include all Civic Organisations as well as mayors of Wiltshire Town and local Dignitaries. A community Church Service is held at St. Andrews Church, which celebrates the invited local community groups, organisations and charities. The service is followed by a Civic Reception at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre where the Mayor of Chippenham presents the Civic Awards to the winners.
You must be able to demonstrate that the person(s) nominated has 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 which will make a recommendation for Award winners to the Town Council. Civic Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Civic Sunday.
Chippenham Hospital Radio Operating within the town since the 1980’s, Chippenham Hospital Radio not only provides great comfort and joy to the patients and staff of the hospital but also has a vested interest in the Town with local community information and programming which can be accessed by listening online.
Splash Wiltshire Providing free to access youth support for those aged 9 to 16 facing challenges in their lives. Splash originally started in Chippenham but has grown to support young people in other towns in Wiltshire. The friendly team provides 1 to 1 support, coaching, mentoring, and help to develop confidence in the young people they support, which leads to group activities at weekends and school holidays.
Laura Graham May Laura works tirelessly to support the growth and development of the arts and youth organisations in the Chippenham Area through her own charitable theatre group Rag and Bone arts or her role at the Chippenham Borough Lands Charity. Rag and Bone arts seeks support from national providers to enable low cost to residents of Chippenham, engaging with youth providers or delivering sessions herself.
Rise Trust Mentor Me Volunteers Started in 2013, the Rise Trust Mentor Me Volunteers provides school mentors to 10 primary schools in Chippenham. The volunteers offer support to children referred to the service via weekly term time sessions, aiming to build a trusting and respectful relationship. A mentoring session is usually an hour in length, consisting of arts and crafts, playing board games, or simply chatting depending on the Mentee’s likes and their age. Mentoring is not counselling, but the mentor can support a child with problem solving and will, if necessary, liaise with the school to increase support the child may need.
Tracey Smith Tracey started volunteering at weekends for the Rise Trust Contact Centre in 2012. The contact centre is a safe, friendly, and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents. It operates two Saturdays every month, all year round. Over nearly 10 years, Tracey has given her time regularly to support contact between children and their non-resident parent. Tracey is very flexible and if the centre is ever short of volunteers, Tracey will always help. Tracey is a listening ear to families, a shoulder to cry on, and a mediator during conflict with the focus on the children.
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 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.
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.
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.