Who will be Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year 2017?
PUBLISHED: 14:33 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:28 01 November 2016
The search is on again for Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year.
Launched earlier this year by the Cranbrook Herald and Cranbrook Town Council (CTC), nominations are now open for the 2017 award.
The award is given annually to the young person – or young group – who has made the biggest contribution to the Cranbrook community during the year.
As well as a trophy and certificate, the winner will receive £100.
The winner will be announced next April at CTC’s Meeting of the Town.
The first recipients of the award were Cranbrook Education Campus pupils Katie Coles and Paige Simpson.
The 12-year-olds raised more than £100 for Cancer Awareness Day by organising fundraising events at their school, designing posters, writing letters to parents and supporting their friends with cake sales and sponsored silences.
“It was a completely selfless act and a remarkable achievement on their part,” said CTC chairman and award judge Kevin Blakey when he gave the girls their prize at the Meeting of the Town in April.
Speaking about next year’s competition, Mr Blakey said: “Cranbrook Town Council is again pleased to be supporting this award, which is sponsored by the Cranbrook Herald. As our town grows, there are ever-more opportunities for the people of the town to get involved in the activities that create real community spirit, and here we recognise the contributions made by our younger residents. We are looking forward to reading the stories about those young citizens who are making a positive difference.”
The 2017 judging panel also includes Phil Griffin, group editor of Archant, which publishes the Cranbrook Herald.
“We are delighted to support the Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year award, as it is important to recognise and officially thank the youngsters in our towns and villages who go the extra mile to help others,” said Mr Griffin. “It’s easy for newspapers to sometimes focus solely on the bad behaviour of a few young people, forgetting that these are in the minority.
“Many young people do things that make us proud – sometimes as unofficial carers for a sick parent, running errands for granny or raising money for well-deserving charities.
“Any youngsters who are nominated should feel proud – and so should their parents and family.
“So have a chat with your neighbours and friends. Let’s honour the young folk who do Cranbrook proud.”
Cranbrook’s minister, the Reverend Lythan Nevard, is also on the judging panel.
“I’m very excited to be a new judge for the Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year award,” said Mrs Nevard. “I’m looking forward to hearing the good news stories about the young people of Cranbrook.
“I know there are loads because I have met many young people who contribute to our town in different ways. Our teenagers and young adults will be the future of the town and have a part to play in shaping our community, so it is great to be reminded of the good that so many are already doing.”
Keith Johnson, the community development worker for Cranbrook, will also be a judge.
Award nominees should be under 25 and currently live in Cranbrook. Nominees cannot nominate themselves. They need to be nominated by a named person or group living in Cranbrook. Nominators should be prepared to be named and need to obtain the permission of the nominee(s). Parental permission must be sought if the nominee(s) is/are under 18 years of age. Previous award recipients cannot be nominated for at least one year after winning the award.
Each nomination must be accompanied by a 200-word written statement, explaining the contribution the nominee(s) has/have made to Cranbrook during the year and the benefits they have brought to the community now and in the years ahead.
Nominations close at 11am on Friday, March 17, 2017. The winner(s) will be announced at CTC’s Meeting of the Town in April.