Volunteers set to be honoured by mayor

Banbury town mayor councillor Nicholas Turner and deputy mayor councillor Sean Woodcock.
Banbury town mayor councillor Nicholas Turner and deputy mayor councillor Sean Woodcock.

Banbury’s volunteers are to be honoured by town mayor Nicholas Turner at an awards event next week.

The annual Banbury Community Awards evening is being held at the town hall next Thursday, February 27 and representatives of all of Banbury’s volunteer and charity groups are invited to attend.

The event will see selected charities receive donations from the mayor’s charity fund, while prestigious individual awards will also be handed out.

At his inauguration last year, Mr Turner vowed to honour the town’s volunteers by launching a new award scheme. The winners of three categories will receive trophies and cash for their good cause or charity.

First, the mayor is looking for the best charity – a good cause that has made a real difference to people’s lives. It can be a big-name registered charity or a small local organisation but it must work for the benefit of the community.

The second category is for the Volunteer of the Year, which is set to reward someone who has given their time for the benefit of others. It could be someone with charity connections but who has gone beyond the normal call of duty to help others. The third category is for the Young Volunteer of the Year. The mayor is asking for nominations for people aged 16 to 21 whose voluntary work would make him or her a role model for young people.

Mr Turner said: “Volunteers make a tremendous difference to the lives of many less fortunate people. Far too often their work goes unsung and unrecognised. I hope volunteers from all of Banbury’s good causes attend the presentation as the awards honour all charities.”

Nominations of no more than 100 words should be sent to Tricia Campbell, Banbury Town Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Banbury, OX16 5QB or tricia.campbell@banbury.gov.uk before February 24. Tickets are available free of charge from the town hall.