Mayor’s Pride Awards 2017 have now been awarded. These Awards are held to celebrate extraordinary people and outstanding organisations that make a positive contribution to the local community.
Your community champions have been given the recognition they deserve at the glittering awards ceremony at the end of March.

Mayor's Pride Awards 2017


Nominations have now closed for the Mayor's Pride Awards 2017. 

Your winners are below. The Awards evening was broadcast on Radio Verulam on the evening of Wednesday 28 March. You can listen again to the evening on the Podcast available here. 

Date of last review: 05 June 2017

The 2017 winners...

The Categories

Twenty-four finalists were chosen from a list of eighty nominations from the St Albans District for the Mayor’s Pride Awards 2017. The winners were revealed at a celebratory evening at St Michael's' Manor on 28 March in the following categories: 

Community Champion of the YearCommunity Champion of the Year

WINNER Helen Fish is a British Cycling Breeze Champion, who inspires women to get cycling by running weekly rides for all levels in Harpenden, St Albans and Redbourn.

Sandy Adams has been a trustee and volunteer for St Albans Citizens Advice for more than 15 years, raising thousands of pounds through events and funding bids.

Ray Postill kept fellow residents updated with the steps taken by local authorities to repair the sinkhole that appeared in Fontmell Close until the road re-opened.

CulturalInnovationAwardCultural Innovation Award

WINNER Fosse House, Quantum Care: Staff took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for projects for elderly residents at the care home, including a wildlife garden and a sensory room.

Look! St Albans engages the community in the architectural development of the City centre through a design “charrette” process, helping to produce designs for key sites.

The Three Busketeers played their young hearts out during the Christmas period to raise £1,224.45 for three charities: Keech Hospice, Emmaus and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

YoungPersonofDistinctionYoung Person of Distinction

WINNER Elizabeth Pepper is an active member of St Albans Youth Council, keeping abreast of youth issues and organising events like the Christmas tea party for the elderly.

FINALIST Stephen Aghanti has brittle bone disease and is restricted to a wheelchair, yet has a positive attitude, a happy smile and always offers to help people out.

CommunityProjectoftheYearCommunity Project of the Year

WINNER  Star Scope , a local charity providing support and grants to adults and children with cerebral palsy successfully campaigned for a Changing Places facility for the disabled.
Bricket Wood Community Choir brings joy and friendship to its 100 members who love singing together at rehearsals, performances and an annual fundraising concert for charity.

Small Acts of Kindness is staffed by volunteers who deliver bags of goodies, including scarves, hats, mugs and blankets, to the elderly each winter.

CommunityOrientedBusinessCommunity Oriented Business of the Year

WINNER JPA Furniture rehomes old and disused furniture from local businesses with charities and people in need and supports Sustainable St Albans Week.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks hosts fundraising nights for charities, including Earthworks, Open Mic nights for local bands and events aimed at attracting tourists to St Albans.

Popdance founder, Sue Wybrow runs a Facebook page and events for local businesses and choreographed a spoof Justin Timberlake ‘Can’t stop the feeling’ charity video for Homestart.

EnvironmentalChampionYearEnvironmental Champion of the Year

WINNER: Sustainable St Albans Week: environmental campaign group that has raised awareness of important issues in the District.

Heartwood Volunteers have planted 500,000 trees and planned a community orchard and arboretum as part of Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest project, near Sandridge.

FoodSmiles St Albans is a local community food growing group where members grow food, share produce through a vegetable box scheme, learn new skills and develop friendships.

VoluntarySectorAwardVoluntary Sector Award

St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme has 175 volunteers who assist local residents by providing transport, undertaking odd jobs in people’s homes or gardens and answering a helpline.
Tom Nettleton and Tom Waterworth deliver Save A Life First Aid courses at Alban Way Children’s Centres, run lifesaving swimming courses and volunteer for St John’s Ambulance.

Roger Thomas has recently stepped down as Chairman of the Highfield Park Trust after turning the area into a much-loved community asset with football pitches, allotments and woodland.

InclusiveCommunitiesAwardInclusive Communities Award

WINNER Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association (HAWA) Saheli Tiffin Club is a luncheon club for black, asian and ethnic minority women providing exercise and literacy and numeracy skills building sessions.
FINALISTS Doug Bates runs a free 5km Park Run in Verulamium Park every Saturday, inspiring hundreds of people of different fitness levels to take up running.

Townsend CofE School , St Albans promotes inclusivity and respect for all among students who also help run a computer club for people wanting to learn new IT skills.


Mayor’s Recognition Award – St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust

The Trust was established by volunteers to restore and preserve the St Albans South signal box as part of our railway and architectural heritage. The Trust also runs community-focused events so visitors can experience pulling the levers and ringing the bells while trains pass by.

The awards ceremony was recorded by Radio Verulam. Entertainment was provided by the sixth form Singing Ensemble from Beaumont School.

Thank you to all the nominees, nominators, finalists and winners for all they do for the community of St Albans City and District. 

Date of last review: 05 June 2017