Town Mayor Cllr Gardiner with Ian Cass outside the Council Offices

Nominations open for the 2021 Town Awards

Nominations are sought for the 2021 Town Awards with the community encouraged to put forward their unsung heroes for consideration.

The awards, which are organised by the Town Council, were launched in 2013 and aim to shine a spotlight on those who make Knutsford a better place to live. The awards cover five categories recognising the efforts of individuals, businesses and community groups for their service to the wider Knutsford community.

The Civic Award which is presented to individuals who give their time voluntarily to undertake work in the community. Previous winners in this category have included Beryl Jenyons for her voluntary service at the Welcome and Gary Davies for his role supporting Knutsford and District Scouts for over 40 years.  Three Civic Awards are presented each year.

The Business Award goes to a business which has supported or worked with the community, last years winner were the traders of Knutsford Market Hall for their work supporting the most vulnerable in the community during the first coronavirus lockdown.

The Youth Award is presented to someone aged 21 or under who early in their lives have already started supporting the community. Previous winners have included Lillie Bryers and Lucas Cronan for their litterpicks on the Moor and Emily Coffey for her voluntary work with the Kntusford First Responders.

The Community Award recognises the importance of the various voluntary organisations operating in Knutsford with awards having previously been presented to We Are Knutsford (2020), Knutsford Lions (2013) and Knutsford Beer Festival (2015).

The final category is the Extra Mile Award which is presented to someone who as part of their paid job is going above and beyond to the benefit of the community. The first award went to Knutsford’s Town Ranger Bob Garner in 2019 with former PCSO Chris Pountain receiving the award in 2020.

The awards have been sponsored by the Forum of Private Business since inception. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum said: “The Forum of Private Business are delighted to be sponsoring Knutsford’s town awards again after what has been a very difficult year for the town and the businesses in it, but Knutsford is a great community which works together, innovates to get through tough times like these, the Forum have been part of this community for over 40 years and are proud to support the town and the awards!”

Presented as part of the main Town Awards is the Knutsford and District Youth Council School’s Sustainability Award. The Youth Council introduced the award in 2020 and are looking for businesses which demonstrate environmental awareness in their products and supply chain and work to minimise their carbon footprint.

Nominations for all awards are open until 31st July and can be here: Town Awards Nomination Form or in writing to Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA. Nominations need to be accompanied by a citation outlining why the nominee deserves an award. All nominations will be reviewed by a panel with awards presented at a special awards evening in September.

2020 Town Awards Winners

The winners of the 2020 Knutsford Town Awards have been announced in a special video created by Knutsford Town Council.

The Town Awards aim to celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations that help to make Knutsford such a special community. The awards have been running since 2013, organised by Knutsford Town Council and sponsored by the Forum of Private Business.

An awards ceremony is usually organised where the winners can receive their prize in person, presented to them by the Mayor of Knutsford and Ian Cass, founder and director of the Forum of Private Business. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was not possible to hold an award ceremony with all of the winners and so organisers at the Town Council decided to get creative.

A special video has been created, put together by Rachel Bishop Consulting, where the Mayor of Knutsford presented the seven awards, plus a special award presented by the Knutsford and District Youth Council, to the deserving winners.

Ian Cass, director of the Forum, said: “The Forum of Private business has been part of the Knutsford community for over 40 years, based in our offices in the Ruskin chambers since 1977. We are very proud to be the sponsors and supporters of the Knutsford Town Awards again and look forward to supporting them for many more years.

We have a brilliant community here in Knutsford, one that supports each other, promotes the town and keeps coming up with new and innovative ideas, this is driven by people and those people have stepped up again, particularly during the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have a community who deserve to be recognised and celebrated for another year of great achievements, something the Forum are delighted to be part of!”

Three Civic Awards were awarded; to Mark Radcliffe for his work with Knutsford Music Festival curating the popular folk nights, Ian Robertson for his work with Hope Central and Garry Davies for his work with the Knutsford Scouts.

The Youth Award was presented to Lucas Cronan and Lillie Bryers who spend their Sunday mornings litter picking on the Moor whilst their mums attend bootcamp classes.

The Community Award was presented to We Are Knutsford, a community group formed in response to the first national Covid-19 lockdown to provide support to those who are self-isolating or otherwise in need, for their work in supporting the Knutsford community throughout the pandemic.

An Extra Mile Award, which was first launched in 2019, was presented to Chris Pountain for his time spent as a PCSO in Knutsford until summer 2020. Chris supported many town events and initiatives and worked with the Beat team to keep Knutsford residents safe.

The 2020 Business Award was presented to the traders of Knutsford Market Hall, for their commitment and hard work in supporting the community during the first nationwide lockdown providing vital food and supplies to many residents, including offering delivery services to keep residents fed.

A new Sustainability Award was launched by the Knutsford and District Youth Council, designed to celebrate businesses who have taken strides to promote eco practices in their day to day operations. The award was presented by Alison Hooper, headteacher at Egerton Primary School, to Serenity Designs for their hard work to make sustainable changes and stock eco friendly products for their customers.

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford, said: “The Knutsford Town Awards for me is one of the most important things we do as a Town Council. It is a direct representation from the people of the town acknowledging the amazing things that so many people do to support individuals within the town, as well as communities and businesses.

It has been a real thrill for me to meet the winners, hear their stories and present them with their awards of recognition. I really look forward to the 2021 Knutsford Town Awards and what they will bring for us.”