Chippenham Town Council celebrates community spirit in Chippenham
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. This has been an especially difficult year for many, we are so proud of this year’s award winners who have continued their much needed and valued work to help support our local community in very challenging circumstances.
Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor Teresa Hutton said of the award winners, “These wonderful people work tirelessly to offer vital support to those in need and I offer our thanks and gratitude for their brilliant work. Sadly, we will not be holding our usual award ceremony this year, but I be thanking them all in a socially distant way.”
Congratulations to our 5 shining star recipients of a Civic Award:
Chippenham Salvation Army Community Work – Foodbank
Organised by the Salvation Army in Chippenham, volunteers have grown 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.
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 approx. 40 volunteers who are on a rota to act as recording operators and readers, and 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.
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.
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.