Pictured: winners from 2018
Nominations are now open for the annual Knutsford Town Awards, and Knutsford Town Council is encouraging locals to nominate exceptional members of the community to be recognised.
The Knutsford Town Awards 2019 will be presented as part of the annual town meeting, which takes place on Thursday 7th March 2019.
Knutsford Town Awards aim to highlight and celebrate both volunteers and local businesses for their dedication and contributions to community life over the last year.
This year’s award ceremony will be held at St John the Baptist’s Church.
There are four awards categories:
- Civic Awards; go to an individual (or group of individuals) who gives 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; goes to a member of the community aged 21 or under
Three civic awards are presented by Knutsford Town Council, along with 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 Knutsford Town Awards since their launch in 2013 and are sponsoring the awards again this year.
Ian Cass, the Forum’s managing director, said: “The Forum of Private Business are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards.”
The Forum has been part of the Knutsford community for more than 40 years.
Ian explained: “We 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 www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/community/town-awards and by nomination forms which can be picked up from Knutsford Market Hall and The Welcome Café.
The judging panel comprises: Cllr Peter Coan (town mayor), Cllr Andrew Malloy (deputy town mayor), a representative from the events committee, Adam Keppel-Green (town clerk) and Ian Cass (sponsor’s representative).
They will review the nominations and choose the winners, to be kept secret until the award ceremony.
The panel reviews the reasons provided for each nomination, rather than the quantity of nominations received for each prospective award recipient.
The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2019.