Newbury hosts annual Civic Awards
Newbury's finest were honoured at a packed town hall as the winners of the Civic Awards were announced at a special ceremony held on Monday.
Newbury mayor Jo Day, who was on the judge’s panel for the first time this year, said: “It is the most splendid occasion to read the nominations and to see all of the great things that are going on and to see the great effort that our nominees have put in.
“It was incredibly difficult to single out anybody and I think everyone is a winner so I would like to thank you for all the effort you have made.
“You are all winners and so is Newbury.”
There were two awards handed out to nominees this year – the young person’s civic award, which is sponsored by Swift Group, and the civic award.
The winner in the youth category went to 18-year old Kate Westall for her work as assistant Beaver leader for 3rd Newbury Dolman Beaver Scouts.
According to the judging panel, she helps a group of 24 children aged between six and eight.
The judges said she has shown real dedication and commitment to the group since joining as a young leader and is always encouraging children to push themselves and to learn new things in order to develop belief in themselves and what they can do for their community.
On winning the award, the prospective student of nutrition at Harper Adams University said it felt good and she planned to celebrate with a family meal that night.
Her father, Mark, said: “I am really proud. It is a cliché, but everybody’s a winner.”
Also nominated in the category were James Cooper and George Goddard who, judges said, both generously give their time for the preparation, planning and running of activities for Newbury Boys Brigade.
There were 13 nominees for the Civic Award with the winner announced as Sylvia Galbraith, who has volunteered with West Berkshire Community Hospital League of Friends for the last 40 years, first as a general volunteer and later as secretary.
The 73-year-old singer and organist for Chieveley Church and Newbury Operatic Society has raised money for a range of charities and has also volunteered with Barnardo’s and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
On winning the award she said: “ I feel honoured to be chosen over so many people who do so much for the community of Newbury.
“All of the people this evening have all done so much to help other people which is a wonderful thing.”
Following the awards, Newbury Town Council went on to appraise the last 12 months at its annual town meeting which was attended by councillors and members of the public.