The pride of Malmesbury was gathered in Malmesbury Town Hall to applaud the nominees for the town's Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Organisation of the Year.

Winners Mayor

Introducing the awards Malmesbury's Mayor, Cllr Fran Vandelli said " I am truly humbled by all the amazing things these people do for our town. Their selfess work makes a massive difference to Malmesbury, our town and its residents. I want to thank and congratulate them all and especially our winners."

Citizen of the Year 2019

Five residents were proposed for this prestigious awards. They included former Mayors Sue Poole and Andrew Woodcock, Town Team Chair Sarah Wilde and the Malmesbury and District Food Bank Chair, Dick Gray. All received certificates of commendations.

But the winner ‎and Malmesbury's Citizen of the Year was Judith Fooks for her work for Heals. This was the second year running that Judith had been in the nominated and she was clearly a little stunned to be declared the winner from among such an illustrious group!

Commenting on Judith's win Councillor Vandelli said "I know just how many vulnerable people and families in our town have relied on the help and advice given by Judith. Their lives have been changed for the better as a result of her selfless work."

The John Poole Cup for‎ Young Person of the Year 2019 was won by Francesca Fearnely who received the trophy from Sue Poole, a former Mayor of Mayor of Malmesbury. 

Francesca was acknowledge for driving forward the moves to make Malmesbury a Single Use Plastics Free community.

‎This award is also sponsored by the Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds who presented their cheque to Francesca. She will now be entered into the national competition for Rotary's Young Person of the Year.

Certificates of commendation went to both Malmesbury Rivers Valleys Trust and the Malmesbury and District Town Twinning Association.

The Paul Dove Memorial Award for Community Organisation‎ of 2019 went to Malmesbury Against (Single Use) Plastics (MAP). 

Paul's partner‎ Lisa Huntley had travelled back from her home in Turkey, presented the trophy to Mandy Dobson the Convenor of the MAP group.

Commenting on the award, Cllr Gavin Grant who had worked closely with MAP said "I've been involved in many voluntary organisations over the years. I have never seen‎ one grow so quickly to have such a positive impact on anything. MAP has been amazing."

A certificate of commendation was also presented to Oliver Campbell to acknowledge his great work for the Sue Ryder charity in Malmesbury.

Mayro Vandelli closed the awards ceremony by saying "Malmesbury is a special place.  That is not just because of the history and beauty of our town, but really it's because of the work of the organisations and the very special people that we have acknowledged tonight".

Winners Mayor

L to R Mandy Dobson, Group of the Year - Malmesbury Against Plastics, Cllr Fran Vandelli, Mayor of Malmesbury, Francesca Fearnley - Young Citizen OF THE YEAR and Judith Fooks - Citizen of the Year 2019.

Winners Nominees Mayor

Back row L to R Julia Bowen, Malmesbury Twinning Association, Oliver Campbell, nominee for Young Citizen, Andrew Woodcock, nominee for Citizen, Dick Gray, nomineE for Citizen, Francesca Fearnley, Sue Poole, nominee for Citizen AND Mandy Dobson.
Front row L to R Francis Goldstone, Malmesbury River Valleys Trust, Sarah Wilde, nominee for Citizen, Cllr FRAN Vandelli, Judith Fooks
AND Cllr Julie Exton, Deputy Mayor.


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