21 Jun 2019
June 21, 2019

Civic Awards 2019

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Midsomer Norton Civic Awards

A wide range of community groups and individuals were recognised at Midsomer Norton’s Annual Civic Service which took place at a packed St John’s Church on Sunday evening. Originally started in 2007 by the Midsomer Norton Society, these Awards have developed into an important part of the town’s civic calendar with residents nominating people to the Town Council.

There were Lifetime Achievement Awards for Joan Norman for community service, Lucy and Jim Edwards for their work on Silver Street Nature Reserve and Rev Christopher Chiplin who has served as Vicar of the Parish Church for the last 25 years.

There were Awards recognising work with young people including Karen Rawles of Playtots and Off the Records work providing advice and support. The Community Trust won recognition for the huge success of the Community Cinema whilst Men’s Sheds and Contact the Elderly were singled out with Awards for their work combatting isolation and loneliness. The Asset Transfer team were also presented with an Award for securing key community assets into charitable Trust for future residents to enjoy. Finally, in the field of sports, the Methodist Cricket Club’s 70 years of work and the dynamism of Midsomer Norton Cricket Club were rewarded with trophies.

“All in all it was a wonderful evening where the town was able yet again to say thank you to all those who work so hard for the community in so many ways which might so easily go unnoticed. I particularly pleased to Grant Freedom of the Town to our retiring Mayor Paul Myers”, said Cllr Michael Evans, Mayor of Midsomer Norton.

The granting of Freedom of the town is a new Award. Following a citation speech by the new Mayor Cllr Michael Evans which summarised the immense amount of time and effort Paul Myers had put into projects for the town over a ten year period there was a standing ovation of those gathered in support of the Award. There was then a presentation of a Freemans Sash with the Town Council’s emblem on, a framed certificate and a medal after which Paul Myers said; “I’d like to thank the Town Council and the people of the town – it is a great honour to be granted Freedom of the town which I so dearly love and have served for many years. I look forward to continuing to help with the Town Trust and know that the town is in safe hands with the new Mayor and dedicated team of Councillors elected in May this year”.

The Awards listing in full is as follows:

1: Lifetime Achievement: Joan Norman

Presented by the Mayor, Cllr Michael Evans

In recognition of service to the community over many years and in particular at the Townswomen’s Guild.

2: Lifetime Achievement: Lucy Edwards and Jim Edwards

Presented by the Mayor, Cllr Michael Evans

In recognition of service to the community over many years organising the Friends of Silver Street Nature Reserve to create a green space for the benefit of local residents.

3: Lifetime Achievement: Rev. Christopher Chiplin

Presented by the Mayor, Cllr Michael Evans

In recognition of service to the community of Midsomer Norton as Vicar of the town’s Parish Church over the last 25 years.

4: Business Initiative of the Year:  New Release Community Cinema

Presented by Cllr Sue Graham

In recognition of the huge success of the Midsomer Norton Community Cinema in screening new release films again in the town – bringing over 4,000 people into the town in the last 12 months.

5: Youth Group Leader of the Year: Karen Rawles

Presented by Cllr Gordon Mackay

In recognition of the huge amount of time and energy devoted to the Playtots Group – leading a group of volunteers offering a space for parents and children to come together in our community.

6: Community Youth Group of the Year: Off The Record Youth Group

Presented by Cllr Lynda Robertson

In recognition of the work of local youth charity Off the Record in setting up and running a Youth Group to support young people in the town.

7: Community Group of the Year: Midsomer Norton Cricket Club

Presented by Cllr Gordon Mackay

In recognition of the Midsomer Norton Cricket Club’s energy, enthusiasm and hard work to promote sport and engagement for people of all ages. In particular with the transformation of their facilities with their new changing room block and organising the Outfield festival in the summer.

8: Community Volunteers of the Year – Contact the Elderly

Presented by Cllr Lynda Robertson

In recognition of the support this group gives to isolated lonely people in our community.

9: Community Volunteers of the Year – Men’s Shed

Presented by Cllr Mike Moxham

In recognition of the founding and massive growth of this initiative to support men and women to come together to learn new skills, support the community and at the same time each other.

10: Community Project of the Year – Asset Transfer Team

(Cllr Steve Plumley, Paul Myers and Town Clerk, Donna Ford)

Presented by Cllr Sue Graham

In recognition of the phenomenal achievement of transferring key community assets from B&NES to the Town Council and then onto the Midsomer Norton Town Trust – protecting them for future generations to enjoy.

11: Sports Achievement of the Year – Midsomer Norton Methodist Cricket Club

Presented by Cllr Steve Plumley

In recognition of the enormous contribution of the Midsomer Norton Methodist Cricket Club to the community over the last 70 years and still going strong.

GRANTING FREEDOM OF THE TOWN – Paul Myers BEMPresented by the Mayor, Cllr Michael Evans
Freedom of the Town– In recognition of an outstanding commitment to the community of Midsomer Norton over many years including being instrumental in the recreation of the Town Council, being Mayor for eight years as well as supporting many local groups and initiatives.