Unsung community heroes from across Dudley borough are set to honoured in the annual Mayor’s Civic Awards.
Dudley Council is delighted to launch the 11th annual Mayor’s Civic Awards in association with Cougar Monitoring.
We are calling on people across the borough to put forward nominations for the awards. We want you to tell us about the people in your community who achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected of them to make things happen.
Nominations must be in by 17 February and the winner and one runner-up in each of the six categories will be announced in April. They will be presented with their prize – a trophy and a certificate by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch at a civic ceremony later this year.
This year a new category has been added – the award for business. It will join the other five categories which are all named after the borough’s greats.
Duncan Edwards award for sport
The Duncan Edwards award for sport is named after Dudley’s most famous footballing son who tragically died, aged 21, in the 1958 Munich air disaster. This is for those who have achieved in any sport. They may have represented a group, borough or even the country or overcome adversity such as illness or disability to achieve a personal goal. It is also to celebrate and thank those who give their time to working behind the scenes at our local sporting clubs and groups.
Cedric Hardwicke award for arts
The Cedric Hardwicke award for arts is in memory of Sir Cedric, born at Lye Cross in 1893. He went on to become a legend of the British stage and a leader of the British community in Hollywood. This is for those who have contributed to raising the profile of the arts in the borough – whether it be art, amateur dramatics or music. This person may be the star of the show or they could work behind the scenes, helping to make it happen.
Frank Foley award for community spirit
The Frank Foley Award for community spirit honours the man dubbed the British Schindler. Frank risked his life to save 10,000 Jews while working as an MI6 agent in Berlin. This is for those who make an outstanding contribution to the community – whether it’s popping in on a neighbour every day, organising or supporting community groups or events, or improving the locality for the benefit of everyone.
Thomas Attwood award for education
The Thomas Attwood award for education remembers a man, born in Halesowen in 1783, who was a leader for parliamentary reform. Thomas was instrumental in bringing about the 1832 Reform Act – which gave counties and large towns greater representation in parliament and virtually tripled the electorate. This award is for those who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the standard of education in the borough. This may be someone who gives up their time to help at an after-school club or who offers support to learners of all ages.
William Shenstone award for environment
The William Shenstone award for environment celebrates the work of the famous landscape gardener. Shenstone was born on the family estate at The Leasowes, Halesowen, and was educated at the town’s grammar school. As a poet he was critically admired, but locally he is perhaps best remembered for developing the gardens at The Leasowes. This award highlights those people who work to celebrate or protect the environment we live in. It could be someone who champions recycling or is involved with an environmental project in the borough.
Mike Holder award for business
Mike Holder was one of the founders of Cougar Monitoring Ltd in 1996 and was also President of the Black Country Chamber for three years in succession. He was also well known for his work in championing local Black Country Business’s and their interests. Mike championed the effectiveness of the Black Country across the UK and continuously lobbied politicians and councils about the unique skills and infrastructure right here in Dudley.
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Nominations have now closed and the winners will be announced on Friday 4 April.
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