Mayoral Awards Winners Announced
The Council Chamber was packed out for the Annual Town Meeting
Chesham residents turned out in force to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Mayoral Awards at the Annual Town Meeting, held on the 14th May. Held every two years, the awards recognise the people and businesses of our town that make it such as special place to live in. The nominees for the Business Award, sponsored by the Chiltern Chamber, were as follows:
Ahead Tuition for running free workshops to help children of all educational abilities, providing Young Enterprise mentoring and involvement in the Toy Bank.
Global Infusion Group for its significant support of the Chesham Toy Bank, including providing storage space, transport, financial support, manpower and business advice.
Ink Link for many years' support for The Theatre Shed.
Orbitpress for support of the Toy Bank, including printing posters and flyers free of charge.
The winning business is Brazil's Cafe, who received six separate nominations. The whole team was praised for creating a friendly and welcoming community hub in their premises. Whilst quietly supporting charities in town, including their neighbour Chesham Museum, the team was particularly recognised for the care taken to accommodate Chesham's MS Group which meets there regularly.
The nominees for the People's Award were:
Allen Tilbury for volunteering for Chesham Allotments Group, Chesham In Bloom, Chesham Horticultural Society and the Trinity Baptist Church fellowship lunches.
Vince Crompton for his contributions to the McMinn Centre, Chesham allotments and for leading the Chesham In Bloom campaign to Gold.
Jacky Russell for completing 6 years' of service as churchwarden at St. Marys' Church.
This year, the judging panel decided to present the award to two very worthy winners, Claire Rooney (below left) and Stirling Maguire (bottom right):
Whilst the Toy Bank was a real team effort, many of its volunteers nominated Claire Rooney for her inspiration and leadership to provide more than 250 of Chesham's poorest children with a toy to unwrap on Christmas Day. Organising over 200 volunteers and local businesses in just 5 weeks, one nominator said that "Chesham became a beacon of community and hope during November and December thanks to Claire."
Stirling has been a tireless champion for Chesham's heritage, galvanising support and raising money to restore the 18th Century Town Bell to Market Square. He was involved in every phase of the project, from standing in the street with a bucket collecting money, to the technicalities of hanging the bell in the Clocktower. Through his determination, the bell was back in Market Square in time to take a key role in the centenary commemorations of World War One.
We would like to thank all of the nominees and winners for their contributions to Chesham.
Published: 15 May 2015
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