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

Mayor's Pride Awards 2017 - Finalists announced March 3 2017


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

A shortlist of finalists will be unveiled by the Mayor in March 2017. All finalists will be invited to a special gala evening in March 2017 when the awards will be presented to the winners. The Awards evening will be broadcast on Radio Verulam on the evening of Wednesday 29 March. 

Date of last review: 28 November 2016

The 2016 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 2016. The winners were revealed at a celebratory evening at the Ardmore House Hotel on 15 March in the following categories: 

Community Champion of the YearCommunity Champion of the Year

WINNER: John Brown: a charity volunteer for Computer Friendly, Tools for Africa and the Children’s Society for 10 years.

Finalist: Barry Shadbolt: 30 years of voluntary work with the Scouts, Sandridge Judo Club and as a school governor.
Finalist: Ed Suttie: he is fundraising for four charities with a self-funded trek to the North Pole in April.

CulturalInnovationAwardCultural Innovation Award

WINNER: Catherine Fenton: she created an unusual and challenging art competition for children and adults to promote the UN's World Toilet Day.

Finalist: Caroline Jones: she has raised vast sums for Cancer Research by wearing a different pre-owned outfit every day during 2015.
Finalist: Nicole Kelly: head girl at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, she has taken on a leading role in improving and promoting the school though charity work in Africa, public speaking and a media officer role.

YoungPersonofDistinctionYoung Person of Distinction

WINNER: Gabriella Farrugia: diagnosed with rare auto-immune disease at the age of ten, she has bravely spoken about her condition and raised money for charity.

Finalist: Henry Moody: aged 13, he completed a coast to coast walk for charity in aid of African amputees.
Finalist: Jessica Leigh: the Sandringham School student helped make contact with British astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station.

CommunityProjectoftheYearCommunity Project of the Year

WINNER: Sustainable St Albans Week: the group organised the highly-successful Sustainable St Albans week in November which held a series of educational events and projects.

Finalist: Sandpit Theatre: theatre at Sandringham School which has encouraged local children to take part and enjoy quality drama through workshops and performances.
Finalist: St Albans Refuge for Mothers and Babies (SARMAB): pioneering work in ensuring children from difficult backgrounds are given a secure and safe start in life.

CommunityOrientedBusinessCommunity Oriented Business of the Year

WINNER: All Saints Studios: a centre for dance, education and performance involving both children and adults offering free classes for carers and other groups in need.

Finalist: Chloe James Lifestyle: a boutique specialising and showcasing innovative designs which has helped raise funds for charity.
Finalist: Yoga Hall: transformed an unused church hall into a community hub that offers yoga classes for all including beginners, seniors, mothers and babies.

EnvironmentalChampionYearEnvironmental Champion of the Year

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

Finalist: Heather Foster at The Green Kitchen: she opened her family-friendly, vegetarian café in the Hatfield Road in 2014.
Finalist: Penny Jones: she keeps watch on the green belt with activities ranging from highlighting proposed developments to litter picking.

VoluntarySectorAwardVoluntary Sector Award

WINNER: Sue Hobley: an ambassador for Rennie Grove hospice.

Finalist: John Murphy: the 77-year-old has helped run St Albans Boxing Club for 40 years.
Finalist: The Museum Volunteers of St Albans Museums and Gallery: the team who are working behind the scenes on the new museum and art gallery project.

InclusiveCommunitiesAwardInclusive Communities Award

WINNER: St Albans for Refugees: campaign group that helps refugees from war-torn Syria and other countries and has organised collections of clothing and food parcels.

Finalist: Active Lifestyles: group that targets the over-60s to reduce isolation and provide activities, events and facilities which will improve social interaction amongst all cultures.
Finalist: Herts for Refugees: group that also promotes the cause of refugees.

MayorsRecognitionAwardMayor's Recognition Award

Cllr Gaygusuz personally chose Ms Tyrell for his Special Recognition Award for her work for Oxfam and St Albans Friends of Palestine. She took over as chair of the St Albans Oxfam Campaign Group in 2004 when she retired from teaching science at St Albans Girls’ School. Under her leadership, the annual Oxfam Herts Hike has almost tripled in size. Last year, it attracted 270 walkers and raised £7,000. She has also long campaigned on Palestinian issues, visiting the region, lobbying, organising meetings and collecting funds in support of associated charities.

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: 16 March 2016