First nominations for community awards

October 06 2019
First nominations for community awards

NOMINATIONS have been coming in for the new BA5 Awards that aim to celebrate the people who do so much good work in the local community.

Young or old, well known or not so well known, there are so many individuals and organisations that could be recognised – and the nominations submitted so far illustrate this diversity.

“We are delighted with the response so far and look forward to receiving more nominations and hearing about all the generous contributions to the community in Wells,” said Chris Winter, chair of Wells Civic Society, one of the partners that has instigated the BA5 Awards along with Wells Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and Wells Voice.

Members of the public are being invited to nominate people or organisations they think merit an award for their contribution to Wells and the surrounding area. Five will be chosen as winners of the inaugural awards.

They will each receive a certificate and a specially chosen terracotta tile made by Black Dog, the renowned Wells tile-maker.

“It’s a nice opportunity to publicly acknowledge some of the people who give their time and energy which makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Robert Powell, chair of the chamber of commerce.

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves recognition, send an email explaining who they are and why you think they deserve an award, in up to 100 words, to Or write out an entry and drop it off at Basil Powell Shoes, 1-5 Broad Street, Wells. Include your name and contact details, and details of how to contact your nominee.

Nominations must be submitted by noon on Friday, November 1.

“We know that there are so many people who do so much good work in Wells,” said Wells Voice editor Andy Vallis.

“We’re loving hearing about the stories of some of them, and the reasons why people feel they are so special. It’s going to be extremely difficult to narrow it down to just five, but we hope that by highlighting some of them, it will help to foster even more pride in our city and the people who live here.”

Award winners will be contacted by Friday, November 29, and invited to attend the Wells Civic Society seasonal celebration at Wells & Mendip Museum on the evening of Wednesday, December 11, when the awards will be presented. The winners will also be announced in a future edition of Wells Voice.

• Picture: Wells Chamber of Commerce & Tourism chair Robert Powell, Wells Civic Society chair Chris Winter with an example of the sort of terracotta tile the winners will receive, Philippa Threlfall of tile-maker Black Dog, and Wells Voice editor Andy Vallis in Wells High Street