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2023 Newbury Civic Awards launched

The Newbury Town Civic Awards have been launched for 2023.

The Newbury Town Civic Awards celebrate achievements, honours volunteers and recognises those who make a difference in our community. This year, Newbury Town Council will be celebrating nominees in four categories of awards.

“I’m very excited to launch the Civic Awards this year,” said mayor of Newbury, Gary Norman.

“There has been some amazing voluntary work taking place in Newbury over the last year which deserves to be recognised. I encourage everyone to think about the people in their lives who have gone the extra mile this year, and to consider nominating them for a Civic Award.”

The awards highlight the huge amount of voluntary work carried out in our community in many ways by so many local individuals.

“Quite often small gestures like shopping, collecting prescriptions or cutting the grass for an elderly neighbour, are overlooked,” he added. “However, these are just as important to our community as running a youth or support group, playing an active role in local climate change, fundraising for a charity or being a governor of a school. Over the last year, in particular, there has been a great deal of help delivered by local people to support Ukrainian refugees which we would love to hear about.”

The winners for 2022’s awards were Sukey Russell-Hayward, The Globe Pub, Soorya Anbumurasoli and Tony Hammond.

Sukey Russell-Hayward received her award for her voluntary support network created for those living in West Fields.

Thirteeen-year-old Soorya Anbumurasoli was the winner of the Young Persons Civic Award for his voluntary contribution in supporting the local cricket community within the town.

The winner of the Business Civic Award was The Globe Pub, who offered their space for free to may local organisations and charities.

Tony Hammond was the winner of the Environmental Contribution Award, leading the Growing Newbury Green initiative for the last decade.

The closing date for nominations to be received is Sunday, 26 February 2023 with an awards presentation taking place on Wednesday, 15 March 2023.