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Who deserves to be Melksham’s Person of the Year 2018?

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Nominations are now open for the Melksham Person of the Year award.

The competition, run by Melksham News, will recognise a resident who has made a real contribution to the community in 2018.

It’s been an exciting year for Melksham and many individuals have worked hard to improve their town, raise money for charity or help other people. With so many people doing great things in their community, we need your help to find them.

You can nominate a friend, family member, community leader, colleague or even someone you don’t know – any person who lives or works in the Melksham area who you think has contributed most to the local community. Perhaps your nominee has been involved in a local charity, helped run a sports club or offered voluntary services which have benefitted the town.  The only conditions are that the person is from Melksham or one of the surrounding villages or works in the town; and that the person has not previously won this award.

Nominations must be received by 3pm on Wednesday 9th January. A shortlist of nominees will be published in the next issue of Melksham News with the winner decided by public vote.

Ian Drew, editor of Melksham News said, “This is a chance to nominate someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to Melksham over the past year or who has had a big impact on life in the town.”

Melksham’s Person of the Year 2017 went to ex-councillor and community volunteer Mike Mills, who sadly died just weeks after winning the award, in February last year.

For 2016 the award went to Bev Viveash for her years of volunteering and raising money for charity. Anne Cranham was given the award in 2015 for her 37 years as a volunteer with the Scout group. Friends Ann Peirce and the late Brenda Abbott won the 2014 award for their fundraising for Dorothy House, while former Melksham Town FC chair Dave Wiltshire won the award in 2013. The 2012 award was won by Alex and Colin Goodhind for their Christmas lights displays for charity; George Brown from Melksham Council for Community Service won in 2011; Paul Weymouth, organiser of the Melksham Christmas Lights team won in 2010; and 2009’s winner was Christine Broom, a cub leader for over 20 years.

Nominations can be made by emailing news@melksham news.co.uk stating your name, address and contact number with your nominee’s name and why you are nominating them. (We won’t disclose who has made the nominations). If you have contact details for your nominee, please include these.

Or write to Melksham News, 31 Market Place, Melksham. SN12 6ES

8 Responses to Who deserves to be Melksham’s Person of the Year 2018?

  1. Zachary Dunn

    January 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I think all Melksham firefighters should Be people of the year. There are people who have worked to fight fires for melksham fire station and they risk their lives almost every day. I would love to see the Melksham Fire Fighters each be voted Melksham Person Of The Year.

  2. Sue Maybank

    January 15, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I think Stevie Cook should be Melksham’s person of the year because of the wonderful things she makes and the time and care she devotes for no reward.

  3. Janey Cox

    January 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I think Teresa Strange should take the title this year, she always stays so positive and helps out with so many things.

  4. Damien hobbs

    January 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I think stevie cook for person of the year. For all of her hard and all the love and care she puts into that work..

  5. Theresa Whiting

    January 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Stevie Cooke is very worthy of this….the work she does is truly amazing and is done from her heart

  6. Lisa Walkden

    January 16, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Nathan and Kirsty Cortilla should definitely riecieve this award. They work extremely hard all year round raising not just awareness but extreme amounts of money for various charities and local,projects. They have created a wonderful and friendly environment for all to enjoy and experience.

  7. Karen Hitchen

    January 16, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I would like to nominate Nathan and Kirsty Cortilla, They have raised so much money for local charities and are very approachable. The charity quiz nights are great fun and free basket of chips went down well.

  8. Philippa Darcy

    January 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I would like to nominate Luke Johnson for this award.

    He is always friendly and smiling and has worked extremely hard to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in the Toast Office cafe whilst also running the post office and shop. He is a young man whose vision and integrity has created an excellent community hub and meeting place for Whitley and the surrounding area.

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