The Mayor of Swindon councillor Rex Barnett is calling on readers to nominate people they know who have gone the extra mile to help others to be recognised by the Pride of Swindon Awards.
Do you know of a child or an adult who has displayed remarkable courage, or a gutsy community champion who has improved your area, an inspiring teacher, a neighbour who is always there, in fact anyone who has simply gone above and beyond the call of duty?
If so, the mayor wants your nominations for an awards ceremony in April to celebrate the very best of Swindon.
“The Pride of Swindon Awards honour the extraordinary personal commitment the people of Swindon give to their local community”, said coun Barnett. "As Sandra and I have visited groups around the town over the last six months, we’re just amazed about what people are doing to make Swindon a better place to live in. We thought we knew the town, but its wonderful to find out whole new layers of activity we’re not aware of. There are so many people who make our town special."
In the last three years the nominations have been open to individuals. New in 2011 is a Swindon Team Award to recognise what groups of people are doing in the community.
Nominations are needed by 23 February. A short list of nominees will be drawn up to be invited to the award ceremony where they will receive certificates. Up to twenty people will recognised for their extra special commitment and will receive a small lapel enamel badge depicting the 19th Century inspiration of Swindon’s growth and success: Isambard Kingdom Brunel.Their names will engraved on a plaque mounted in Swindon’s Central Library.
To nominate somebody, the mayor is asking you to write no more than 250 words about the person, or the team, explaining why he, she or they should be considered for the award. Include the name, address and contact details of the person nominated as well as yours.
Nominees must live or work within the borough of Swindon at the time of nomination. Entries should be sent to Pride of Swindon Awards, Swindon Advertiser, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon SB1 3BE. Download the nomination form from the Mayor’s office or www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk
The Pride of Swindon Award is supported by Swindon Link magazine and www.swindonlink.com, Swindon Advertiser, Zurich Community Trust (UK) Ltd, Swindon 105.5, Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd, Intel, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, Macdonalds, Voluntary Action Swindon,inSwindon and Swindon Borough Council
Pictured, the Mayor of Swindon Rex Barnett, Skye Thorpe, who won a Pride of Swindon Brunel badge last year for her voluntary work with Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project, councillor Steve Wakefield, who revived the award scheme as Swindon’s mayor in 2008 and town crier Fred Ferris