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Civic Awards 2019-2020.  Do You Know Someone Who Goes the Extra Mile?

Cricklade is renowned for its community spirit, so do you know of someone, or group of people, who volunteer in the community and deserve to be recognised for all their hard work, bravery or courage?  The Town Council is seeking nominations towards three categories of award:  Young Person of the Year,  Cricklade Community Award and Community Group of the Year.   Details and forms are available from the Town Council Offices or download here.  Closing date : Friday 7th February 2020.

Cricklade Community Awards

The Community Awards are held every year in Cricklade to honour those residents who have gone that extra mile. We know there are many people in Cricklade who deserve to be recognised for their hard work and, towards the end of each year, Cricklade Town Council invite you to submit nominations for three categories:

Young Person of the Year
Cricklade Community Award
Community Group of the Year

Councillors decide who are the most deserving of those nominated and the winners are announced, and presented with certificates, at the Annual Town Meeting held in April. Cricklade Town Council would now like your nominations for the 2019-2020 Cricklade Community Awards, a nomination form can be downloaded here. The closing date for nominations is Friday, 7th February 2020.

Following the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, 16th April 2019, Cricklade Town Council is pleased to announce the results of the Cricklade Community Awards 2018-2019.

The Council is delighted to announce the results of the annual Community Awards. The presentations were made at the Annual Town Meeting held on 16th April.

The Young Person of the Year was awarded to Carys Gardiner. Carys is a member of Cricklade BandAcademy and her specialism is playing the flugelhorn. Carys helps out with many aspects of Cricklade Band’s activities, by attending band events, social and fundraising events, and recently taken the lead on the technical side. Carys is member of Cricklade Rugby Football Club and is the Coaching Lead for the Under 6’s. Carys is known for her ‘can-do’ attitude, she helps with the Club’s social events, by selling raffle tickets and is the lead in the organising of a tag tournament to be held this year. Carys has joined the steering group for the newly formed Cricklade Local Youth Network as a voice for young people in Cricklade.

The Cricklade Community Award was presented to Chris Atkins.  Chris has been an active member of the community for many years, and a member of Cricklade Bloomers, the Christmas Lights Team, Cricklade Court Leet and the Twinning Association, to name just a few.  He is Cricklade’s Mr Fix It, he can turn his hand to almost any engineering skill, for example the restoration and installation of the Cricklade Railway Signal, he also designed and constructed the large planters on the Eastern Entrance to the Town.  Chris helps the Town Council Grounds Team with the watering when they are short staffed.  He has also repaired the council’s older pieces of equipment, where spares are no longer available.

The Community Group of the Year Award was presented to the Cricklade Open Door.  A group of dedicated people, who for a considerable number of years have provided a safe, warm and friendly environment for older people, to enable them to: take part in a range of activities, meet and make new friends, to learn new skills and most of all have FUN! They provide a lifeline to those in our community who may otherwise be house bound or socially isolated or have mobility issues. Residents have said they cannot speak to highly of the staff, drivers and other volunteers.

The grazing of North Meadow.

The Hayward of The Manorial Court of the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade advises that there will be 71 cattle on North Meadow for the next few weeks and up to 20 horses until the end of the year. There are caution notices on every entrance to assist visitors. Grazing is a vital part of maintaining our National Nature Reserve. Hundreds of years of Lammas management (hay crop taken in July followed by aftermath grazing) is why North Meadow has such a unique and special biodiversity.


Cricklade War Memorial marks the Centenary of WW1.

To mark the centenary of WW1, 32 individual crosses have been placed at the War Memorial, each cross has the name and age of the soldiers who lost their lives.

The Council would like to thank the Cricklade Royal British Legion (especially Barry Arthurs) for their involvement.

War Memorial 2018 Poppy Crosses

Council and Committee Chairmen 2018.

At the Annual Meeting of Cricklade Town Council on Monday, 14th May 2018, Councillor Mark Clarke was re-elected as Chairman of the Town Council. He will be supported by Councillor Angela Jensen as Vice-Chairman. The Chairman of the Planning, Conservation and Transport Committee is Councillor Chris Hodgson, supported by Councillor John Coole as Vice-Chairman. The Chairman of the Community and Leisure Committee is Councillor Russell Osman, supported by Councillor Angela Jensen as Vice-Chairman.

Annual Town Meeting.

Following the meeting on Tuesday, 17th April 2018, Cricklade Town Council are pleased to announce the results of the Cricklade Community Awards.

The Young Person of the Year was awarded to Amberley Taylor. Amberley is a Scout, she has amassed more than 40 badges and awards, she has also achieved her Chief Scout’s Gold Award. Amberley makes lots of handmade products, purchased from her own pocket money. Amberley then sells these items at the Leisure Centre’s Christmas Fayres. She has raised over £550 which has all been donated to the James Hopkins Trust – a Trust that provides respite care for life limited and life threatened young children.

The Cricklade Community Award was presented to Paul Hewer. Paul has been an active member of the The Cricklade Band for 52 years, he is now the Music Director and he conducts the band at community events. He is a key member in teaching those who wish to learn to play an instrument, young or old at Band Academy. Paul constantly works on new music for the band to enable a new play list each year, he is always there for band members providing support and encouragement. He spends a considerably time liaising with organisers, arranging performances and attendance at all the major community events.

The Community Group of the Year Award was presented to the Cricklade Fun Run Committee. A group of volunteers who, for a considerable number of years, has organised the Cricklade ½ Marathon, 10k and Fun Run Event, which is held on the first Sunday in October. This is a complicated event to manage with over 800 entrants. The volunteers also co-ordinate with other outside bodies such as the emergency services, Wiltshire Council, the timing company and UK Athletics. The event brings the community together and the funds raised provide a major contribution to local charities. The current Committee will, in the near future, be handing over the reins to a new Committee.

Fritillary Watch 2020.

Rain, snow and North Meadow; when should you plan to visit the fritillaries? Visit Fritillary Watch to find out more.

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