Nominate the Best of Chesham!

The Mayoral Awards are run each year to recognise and celebrate those who make Chesham a special place to live. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that no awards were given out in 2020. Awards are normally presented at the Annual Town Meeting in May, which is a public event where lots of family and friends attend to celebrate the achievements of the nominees and winners. We had hoped that it would be possible to hold the Town Meeting at some point in 2020, but sadly COVID put paid to that.

This means that we will have a double celebration at this year’s meeting, announcing the winners of both the 2020 and 2021 awards. In all likelihood this year’s meeting will be online, as all our council and committee meetings have been since the first Lockdown. This will mean that friends and family will still be able to take part, albeit remotely.

There are three categories of awards and the deadline for nominations is Monday 29th March. You can nominate by filling in a quick form that can be downloaded from our Mayoral Awards Page.

The oldest award is the People’s Award, established in 2005 and which is open to people who have volunteered in the town or demonstrated outstanding citizenship. The winner will receive £150 for the project or charity of their choice and former winners have included Paul Jennings, the driving force behind the River Chess Association, and Ricky Dutton for her support for a huge range of local organisations, including the Chiltern Harriers and Chesham and District Bridleways Association.

The Chiltern Chamber are sponsoring the Business Award, to recognise Chesham-based businesses that contribute to the town, excel in their field or have provided exceptional customer service. The award has been won by businesses both large and small, including Chesham Wickes for helping to create an accessible garden at Birchwood and The Tavern, for its support of local initiatives like Can Collect, the charity recycling scheme.

The Volunteer Team Award was launched in 2019. This award has the same criteria as the People’s Award, but recognises the work of project teams and groups of volunteers. The winning team will receive £150 for their charity/project. The inaugural winners were Chesham Community Fridge, who saved over 17 tonnes of food from going to waste in their first 8 months of operation.

More than ever, the difficult times of the pandemic have shown us how many amazing individuals, groups and businesses there are in Chesham who go out of their way to help others.  Please consider making a nomination; it’s a wonderful way to say thank-you. If you would like more information, please contact us at the Town Hall on policy@chesham.gov.uk or call 01494 583798.