Swanage community awards launched to recognise local heroes

Nominations are being invited for the Swanage Town Council Community Awards 2021/22, to reward individuals and organisations for their outstanding contribution to the community over the last year.

This is a chance for anyone who is a registered elector in Swanage to nominate who they think should be recognised for their good works locally.

Swanage Town Mayor councillor Avril Harris

Swanage Town Mayor councillor Avril Harris with the nomination form

“Let us know who you think is the most deserving”

Launching this year’s awards at the Annual Parish Assembly on Monday 11th April 2022, Swanage Town Mayor councillor Avril Harris said:

“If you are aware of someone who has given special service to our local community, you may wish to nominate them.

“We wish to give public recognition by way of an award to individuals or groups who have contributed significantly to the quality of the community by their public and or community activity, and we need you to let us know who you think is the most deserving.”

Dave Terrett presented with his award by Mike Bonfield

One of last year’s winners, Dave Terrett presented with his award by the outgoing mayor, councillor Mike Bonfield

The categories for 2021/22

People can nominate more than one individual or organisation in each category.

  • Group or organisation of the year
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Sporting achievement (individual, team or coach)
  • Service with a smile
  • Creative arts achievement
  • Green champion
  • Young citizen of the year
  • Lifetime achievement
  • Special award – This may also be awarded by the panel to an individual or group for an outstanding achievement, or service provided to the community, during the year

How to make your nominations

Any member of the public who is a registered elector in Swanage may submit one or more nominations to Swanage Town Council.

Nominations may be made on the official form and then posted or handed in to Swanage Town Hall in the High Street or the Swanage Information Centre in Shore Road. Alternatively nominations may be sent to the town council via email to admin@swanage.gov.uk

If sending in nominations via email, then the following information must be included:

  • Name of individual, organisation or group being nominated.
  • Person making the nomination – name, address, telephone number, e-mail address.
  • Reason for nomination – including a brief description of the nominee’s role within the group and how long they have been an active participant, plus anything else your nominee is involved in.
Awards ceremony at Swanage Bandstand

The Swanage Town Council Community Awards ceremony in 2021

Nominations close at noon on Friday 6th May 2022

Town councillors are eligible to be nominated as long as the work being acknowledged has no connection to their council responsibilities. Self-nominations or nominations by close relatives are acceptable.

Nominations are open from Friday 8th April 2022, and must be received by no later than noon on Friday 6th May 2022.

A committee consisting of the Swanage Town Mayor and the Swanage Deputy Mayor, an officer of Swanage Town Council, Rector of Swanage, and President of Swanage and Purbeck Rotary Club will select the winners. Up to nine awards may be presented.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Swanage Town Council annual meeting on Monday 6th May 2022.

Pupils from St Mary's School presented with their award by Mike Bonfield

St Mary’s RC Primary School students were winners last time

The 2020 full list of community award winners

Here’s who won last time

  • Green champion – Bridget Mayers for her work for Swanage Beach Buddies
  • Sporting achievement – Sam Whaley for representing his country at sailing in international events
  • Creative arts – Steve Darrington organiser of Swanage Blues Festival
  • Service with a smile – Vicky McKendrick for her warm and caring personality which makes everyone who comes into her newsagents, and Amanda Mason for always being willing to help and having a smile while working for a local chemist
  • Young person or people of the year – Pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School for the tremendous work they have done in their efforts for the environment
  • Group or organisation – Swanage Breastfeeding Group for providing support for new mothers in a caring environment
  • Volunteer of the year – Bridget Coffin for setting up All Things Bright and Beautiful, a group to help those living with dementia
  • Lifetime achievement awards – Doreen Bragg for more than fifty years of service at The Mowlem, and Dave Terrett for his 42 years service to the Swanage Carnival
  • Awards panel special award – Swanage food bank support group
  • Swanage Town Council special award – Swanage Hospital and The NHS in Swanage

Nomination form

Swanage Town Council Community Awards 2021/22 nomination form

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