Contributed by Miss Joan Howe
On 18th November 2009,approximately thirty people gathered at the Civic Offices to congratulate the winners of this year’s Civic Awards.
Those present included the Mayor and Mayoress, award winners, judges and members of the Borough Council and Civic Society.
The evening began with a welcome from Robin Studd, Deputy Leader of the Council. He recalled the original project on which this year’s was based and said how pleased he was that the Society had decided to revive it. He indicated how important the co-operation between the Borough Council and the Civic Society is and his pleasure that the project had been successful.
Mr Neale Clifton, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development, spoke on the importance of this joint project to the Borough. Supporting and encouraging high standards of design and workmanship in any development is very necessary. He also acknowledged the benefits of co-operation between the Civic Society and the Borough Council.
Mr Jim Worgan, Chairman of the Civic Society, said how pleased he was that the Society had revived this project and the Borough Council had agreed to join with the Socoety, helping to ensure the success of the project..
Louise Wallace, Conservation Officer, announced the recipients individually and the Awards, (plaques and certificates) were presented by the Mayor – Councillor Marion Reddish. Photographs were taken of the winners receiving their awards from the Mayor.
Everyone was then able to mix and talk whilst enjoying some excellent refreshments.
The organisation of the evening was largely due to the hard work of Louise Wallace and once again the thanks of the Civic Society go to her for this and for her contribution to the whole project.
We would also like to thank the Mayor and Borough Council for hosting the evening at the Civic Offices.
We now look forward to 2011 and the next occasion to celebrate good design and workmanship within the Borough.