Community Awards nominations closing

BANBRIDGE District Council is seeking nominations for its prestigious Community Awards celebrating the contribution made by local people to improving the lives of others in the district.

However time is running out if you wish to nominate someone for the awards as the closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Thursday 28 February 2013.

Nominations received after the closing deadline cannot be considered.

These awards, which this year are kindly sponsored by Banbridge Chronicle, Banbridge Leader, and the County Down Outlook, are designed to honour individuals of oustanding merit who have gone that extra mile to help others, and the Council wants to hear from you if you know someone who merits an award.

Perhaps they are someone who displayed remarkable courage, a local champion who improved facilities in your area, a tireless charity fundraiser, a community activist who has helped promote good relations or a young person who has made an outstanding contribution to their community or school?

To ensure that individuals from all walks of life and all parts of the district are recognised at these awards, nominations are being sought across eleven categories.

They include Youth Initiatives; Young Person of the Year (aged 16 and under); Protecting, Promoting and Enhancing our Heritage and Environment; Making Communities Safer; Encouraging Healthier Lifestyles; Promoting Equality and Good Relations; Arts and Entertainment; Outstanding Bravery; Fundraiser of the Year; Lifetime Achievement; and Voluntary Community Work. The judges may also make a discretionary Outstanding Achievement of the Year award.

Nominations are invited from all sections of the community. Information about the qualifying criteria for nominees can be found on the nomination form available from Council facilities including the Civic Building, Old Town Hall, F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge Leisure Centre, Dromore Community Centre, Gilford Community Centre and Rathfriland Community Centre. It can also be downloaded from the council website at Alternatively, you can request a nomination form from the Council’s Leisure and Development Department on 4066 0605.

All nominees will be invited to attend a gala awards ceremony in the Belmont Hotel on Wednesday 27 March 2013 where the results will be announced.