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 2014.
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 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.
Ian Drew, editor of Melksham News said, “This is a chance to nominate someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding actions to Melksham over the past year or who has had a big impact on life in the town.”
Melksham’s Person of the Year 2013 went to Dave Wiltshire, the chairman of Melksham Town Football Club who has overseen huge improvements in the fortunes of the club both on and off the pitch.
In 2012 the award went to Alex and Colin Goodhind who raised thousands of pounds for charity by turning their home in Longford Road into a winter wonderland over 16 previous Christmas seasons.
George Brown from Melksham Council for Community Service, was presented with the award in 2011 and in the previous year, Paul Weymouth, organiser of the Melksham Christmas Lights team, scooped the award.
In 2009, Christine Broom a long time Cub leader for over 20 years won the award.
Nominations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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). Or you can fill out the form on page 13 of this week’s paper and return it to; Melksham News, 31 Market Place, Melksham. SN12 6ES
• Nominations must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 8th January. The shortlist of nominees will be published in the next issue of Melksham News with the winner decided by public vote.