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Town Awards Presented

Knutsford’s Town Awards were presented last night as part of the Annual Town Meeting. The Awards, sponsored by the Forum of Private Business, were launched in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the contributions to the community from individuals, community groups and businesses.

Nominations were sought from the community in January and February, with the decision panel facing tough decisions on the winners for this year’s awards. A shortlist of candidates were invited to the awards ceremony, with the awards being interspersed between community presentations and updates from the Town Council.

2017 Town Awards Winners

2017 Town Awards Winners

The Youth Award went to Nathan Brown for his dedicated volunteer work at the Welcome Café in Longridge. One of his nominees noted that he “shows his dedication and commitment to the welcome café by volunteer most days, always with a smile on his face”.

The 2017 Community Award was presented to the Knutsford First Responders Trust for the range of services they provide which include responding to 999 calls, providing free HeartStart training, providing defibrillators and cardiac screening for the under 35s as part of the CRY campaign.

A commendation went to the Secret Garden of Springfields which the panel noted as being an outstanding and inspiring project. Also shortlisted for the community award were the Canute Lunch Club and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

The winner of the Business Award was announced in true Oscars fashion with a video from MD of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass, who couldn’t be at the awards; he revealed that of the two businesses shortlisted, Julia Chard of Mr Simms Sweetshoppe and Erica Goggins of the Knutsford Directory, the award went to the Knutsford Directory for its support of the community publishing content and adverts to help promote community activities and events.

Ian Cass of the Forum of Private Business, sponsors of the awards, said “we are delighted to be involved in the Town Awards again.  We are very lucky to live in Knutsford and it is great to see so many businesses and individuals putting back into their community.”

The first Civic Award went to Sarah Pownall for her work campaigning to protect services at the Knutsford Children’s Centre and her work as part of the Strong Women project. The panel had heard about how brave Sarah had been in revealing her challenges as part of both campaigning and working on the Strong Women project and one of her nominees cited her as an “asset to the Longridge and Shaw Heath area”.

The second Civic Award was presented to Brian and Sylvia Chaplin. Both had been nominated individually and as a couple for their dedicated engagement with the Neighbourhood Plan and planning matters in Knutsford. Sylvia’s nominations also detailed her work with the Town Council on the protection of the War Memorial Cottage Hospital, plans for the Centennial War Memorial and her work recording the history of the town’s servicemen and women.

The final Civic Award went to Tony Leadbeater for this life of service to the youth of Knutsford through the Knutsford Scouts. Tony had been awarded the Silver Wolf by the Scout Association, its highest accolade, in 2014 and the panel felt that it was time his dedication was recognised locally.

Also shortlisted for the award were Ian and Barbara Taylor for their work with the Hampers of Hope, Julie King for work as lay-pastor at the Welcome Church and Hazel Cussons for her work volunteering at the Welcome Café.

Speaking after the awards, Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Jan Nicholson said “The Town Awards show the strength of our community and it was an honour to be able to present these awards to the winners”

“The awards seek to remind everyone that supporting your community is always recognised, always welcomed and always appreciated. We hope the awards help inspire more people to play an active role in the community of Knutsford.”

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Nominations Open for Town Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Town Awards which aims to recognise those who give time for the Knutsford Community.

Town Clerk & FPB CEO

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner and CEO of the Forum of Private Business, Phil Orford.

Sponsored for the third consecutive year by Knutsford based Forum of Private Business, the Town Awards will this year feature a special sponsor’s award – the ‘Young Entrepreneurs Award’ chosen by Forum of Private Business CEO Phil Orford and Sales Director Ian Cass.

There are four categories for nominations to be made are:

  • Civic Award – made to individuals who have worked to the benefit of the Knutsford community
  • Business Award – made to a business which has made a positive contribution to the Knutsford Community
  • Community Award – made to a community group or organisation which has worked to the benefit of Knutsford
  • Youth Award – made to an individual aged 21 or under who has worked to the benefit of the Knutsford community

“The Forum of Private Business is once again delighted to sponsor Knutsford’s Town Awards. The company and staff have played an integral part of our town’s activities for over 35 years and celebrating the civic, community, youth and business contributions is something we can all be rightly proud of. This year, the addition of the Young Entrepreneur Award will help bring or education, business and youth communities closer together” said Forum CEO Phil Orford

The 2014 awards saw 171 nominations submitted to the decision panel which had such a tough time deciding who should be given the 6 awards that it made commendations to an additional three community heroes.

“The aim of these awards is to recognise the unsung heroes in our community; those who give their time to the good of Knutsford; the businesses which go above and beyond in promoting the community they have become part of and the community organisations which make Knutsford such a special place to live” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

Nominations to the four categories can be made online at the Town Council website or at Knutsford Market, the library, the Welcome and Knutsford Heritage Centre. Nominations close on May 29th and the Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Civic Sunday – June 28th.

Make your nomination – www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/community/town-awards 

Photo courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian.

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2014 Town Awards

Winners of the 2014 Town Awards

Winners of the 2014 Town Awards

The 2014 Knutsford Town Awards were presented on Civic Sunday, June 29th at a special awards ceremony following the Civic Service.

The awards scheme, which is run by the Town Council, aims to recognise the valuable work undertaken to the benefit of the Knutsford community. Following the success of the 2013 awards a new category was introduced for 2014 recognising those aged 21 and under with a Youth Award.

The ceremony was presented by Ian Cass representing The Forum of Private Business which sponsored the scheme.

The three Civic Awards, made to individuals or groups of individuals who have worked to the benefit of the Knutsford Community were presented first, followed by the Community Award, Youth Award and Business Award.

The first civic award was presented to Vivienne Pike for her contribution both locally and internationally to the development of young Knutsfordians through Scouting.

The second award went to Kevin Hollins for his dedicated service to the Knutsford Academy and its integration with the wider Knutsford community.

The final civic award was presented to Derek Empson MBE in recognition of his work with a number of community organisations including the Old Folks Club, Town Plan group and for developing the Community Emergency Plan.

The 2014 community award was presented to The Welcome for being the heart of the Longridge community and encouraging interaction through a wide range of activities and community groups.

The 2014 business award was presented to Stefanie Meachin of Gusto for their engagement with fellow traders creating positive spirit for visitors and the community with initiatives such as the Bunny Hop.

The inaugural youth award was presented to Emily May Walker for her work with the 2nd Toft Guides and wider girl guiding movement in Knutsford.

In addition to the awards there was also three commendations issued by the decision panel. The first two went to Val Bryant for her work with the Knutsford Heritage Centre and to Kane Gunter for his work with Community Spirit and other charities; both of whom narrowly missed out on winning a Civic Award.

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Civic Awards 2013

Jan McCappin

Jan McCappin

The inaugural Civic Awards ceremony was held in the Cranford Suite of Curzon on Civic Sunday, 30th June. The awards, the brainchild of the Events Committee were presented by the Town Mayor, Cllr Barbara Coan and Phil Orford, CEO of the Forum of Private Business who sponsored the event.

The first Civic Award was made to Jan McCappin, who amazed her nominators with her level of commitment to the groups she is part of, which include Friends of the Moor, The Heritage Centre, Knutsford Conservation + Heritage Group, Town Plan and Promote Knutsford Forum. Her award was made for the dedication to so many community groups.

The second Civic Awards were made to Patricia McAndrew and Louise Reed for their role as volunteer youth group leaders at the Welcome Café. Their nominator emphasised how many hours of their time they give to inspire the young people of Over Ward, and praised them for bringing fresh ideas.

Rowena Acton received the final Civic Award, for her work in Longridge and Shaw Heath. One of her nominators said “Rowena has been doing community work for more years can remember, and is very deserving of recognition for all the years of tireless community work”.

The Community Award went to the Knutsford Lions praising the vast and varied amount of work they carry out across the whole town. One of the nominations received for the Lions commended the ceaseless work they do for the entire community, from Christmas Lunch for those who would be otherwise alone, working alongside the Town Council for the Millennium Bursary and organising the annual Street Fayre.

The final award was the Business Award which was presented to Pulse of Perfumery for the work that Peter Murray does bringing together the business community. The nominations for Pulse of Perfumery praised Peter for being an inspiration to the business community, and the extreme level of enthusiasm in promoting Knutsford.

The awards were sponsored by the Forum of Private Business, and organised by the Town Council.

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