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Town Awards Open for Nominations

The call has gone out for the community to put forward its unsung heroes as part of the annual Town Awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and community groups to the wider Knutsford community. 

Nominations to the awards close on 31st March and can be submitted to the Town Council online here: Submit a Nomination.

The awards, which have been sponsored by the Knutsford based Forum of Private Business since inception, will be presented on Monday 27th April at Knutsford Academy.

Ian Cass, managing director of the Forum of Private Business said “The Forum of Private business are delighted to be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards again this year, we have been based in Knutsford and part of this wonderful community for over 40 years and it’s a pleasure to be able to give something back to support the wonderful individuals and businesses who contribute so much to the town”

Ian Cass of the Forum of Private Business with Cllr Andrew Malloy.

Seven awards are presented and award organisers Knutsford Town Council urge the community to submit nominations with Town Mayor, Cllr Andrew Malloy saying “The awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise unsung heroes, those who go above and beyond to support our local community, whether an individual, community group or business, young or old, send us your nominations, give us as much information about the nominee as you can, let’s reward those who truly deserve it.”

The Town Council is looking for nominations in the following categories:

Civic Award –presented to individuals who give their time voluntarily to undertake work in the community.

Business Award – recognises a business which has supported or worked with the community.

Youth Award – presented to someone aged 21 or under who is giving their time to support the community

Community Award for a voluntary organisation delivering a service to the community

Nominations to the 2019 awards inspired a new category open for nominations in 2020, the Extra Mile Award which last year went to Knutsford Town Ranger Bob Garner, will be presented to given to someone who as part of their paid job is going above and beyond to the benefit of the community.

Nominations should be accompanied by a short explanation of why an award is deserved which helps the panel decide who the award should go to.

Also new for 2020 will be the Knutsford Schools’ Sustainability Award. Children are encouraging local businesses to make 2020 the year they reduce plastic and boost their green credentials and have launched the sustainability award for businesses which have made a significant contribution to making Knutsford ‘plastic free’. The award will be decided by the new Knutsford and District Youth Council.

Alison Hooper, Head of Egerton Primary School and coordinator of this award said “Our children were amazed by the fact that in weight there is more plastic than fish in the sea, so they decided that the Youth Council number one priority was to try and make Knutsford plastic-free. They believe that together we can make a difference.’ 

Businesses are encouraged to put themselves forward for this award by emailing and demonstrate just three things that they have done to reduce plastic use in their business, how it has made an impact, and what their plans are for the future.

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Town Meeting and Town Awards 2019

Knutsford’s community volunteers will be recognised next week at the annual Town Awards. The awards, now in their 6th year, recognise the contributions made to the community of Knutsford including businesses, community organisations and individuals.

The awards accompany the Annual Town Meeting, an annual open meeting of the community chaired by the Town Mayor. The meeting provides an opportunity for any resident to raise any issues they believe need discussing in Knutsford.

The Town Meeting and Town Awards takes place at 7pm on Thursday 7th March in St John’s Church.

“These awards recognise the outstanding work that many in our community do for the good of Knutsford, just being shortlisted for an award is a great achievement in itself” Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The nominations were judged by a panel comprising Cllrs Peter Coan, Andrew Malloy and James Power with Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green and award sponsor Ian Cass from the Forum of Private Business.


Youth Award

  • Jake Phillips, Lenny Turner and Eleanor Woods
  • Samuel Rees

Business Award

  • Oliver Valves
  • Living Ventures
  • Mobberley Brewhouse

Community Award

  • Canute Lunch Club
  • Knutsford Air Cadets
  • The Toy Appeal
  • League of Hospital Friends

Civic Award

  • Ronnie and John Mills
  • Rob Walley
  • Beryl Jenyons
  • Kevin Griffiths
  • Valerie Bryant
  • Bob Garner

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Town Awards open for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the annual Town Awards and Knutsford Town Council are encouraging everyone to nominate exceptional members of the community to be recognised for their efforts in contributing to the local community.

The Town Awards will be presented as part of the Annual Town Meeting taking place on Thursday 7th March. The Town Awards aim to highlight and celebrate both volunteers and local businesses for their dedication and contributions to benefit the community over the last year. This year’s awards will be hosted at St John the Baptist’s Church.

There are four awards categories:

  • Civic Award made to an individual (or group of individuals) who give their time to the community.
  • Business Award goes to a local business for their work engaging and contributing to the community.
  • Community Award goes to a community organisation to recognise the work they do in the community.
  • Youth Award recognises the members of our community 21 and under.

Three Civic Awards are presented by the Town Council, as well as one Business Award, one Community Award and one Youth Award. Commendations and special awards may also be made.

Knutsford based Forum of Private Business have sponsored the Town Awards since their launch in 2013 and are sponsoring the awards again this year. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said:

“The Forum of Private Business are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards. As a business the Forum have been part of the Knutsford community for 41 years.

We are one of the UK’s foremost business membership and support organisations and enjoy a strong working relationship with many of Knutsford’s small private businesses as well as the wider Knutsford community.

What makes Knutsford so special is the people, be it in business, charitable and volunteer work and as a supportive local community and that’s why we are delighted to be doing our bit to support our town.”

Nominations can be made online at and by nomination form which can be picked up from Knutsford Market Hall and The Welcome Café. The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2019.

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Annual Town Meeting & Town Awards Shortlist

Knutsford Town Council is inviting the community to attend the Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 26th April. The meeting will be ‘a celebration of volunteering’ with the presentation of the Town Awards. The meeting is being held at 7pm in St John’s Church.

The Town Meeting will feature a talk from the Chief Executive of Cheshire Voluntary Services CE on the support they can offer to community organisations. In a change of format, the meeting will not feature talks from community organisations, instead focusing on the presentation of the awards.

The end of the meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to raise any issues they would like to bring to the attention of the Town Council and wider community.

The Town Council has also announced the shortlist for three of the Town Awards categories with the winners to be announced on the night. The Town Awards were once again generously sponsored by the Knutsford based Forum of Private Business, with its Managing Director Ian Cass serving on the decision panel alongside the Town Mayor, Town Clerk and Chairman of the Council’s Events Committee.

Civic Award Shortlist (three awards to be given)

  • Sue Banks – for services to the Girl Guiding movement in Knutsford
  • Hazel Cussons – for dedicated service to the Welcome Cafe
  • Michele Hammond – for fundraising for the 1st Knutsford Scouts and work with Friends of the Moor and St Vincent’s PTA
  • Debbie Jamison – for work with Friends of the Moor and Knutsford Residents of Over Ward
  • Stuart Willis – for work with the Knutsford Fire Cadets and First Responders


Community Award Shortlist (one award to be given)

  • Knutsford Friendship Cafe
  • Knutsford Knitting Club
  • Knutsford League of Hospital Friends
  • Lower Moss Wood


Business Award Shortlist (one award to be given)

  • Julia Chard of Mr Simms Olde Sweetshoppe
  • Peter Murray of Pulse of Perfumery


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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 – 

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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