New awards a way of saying thank you

August 31 2019
New awards a way of saying thank you

Nominate people in the community who deserve recognition

A NEW awards scheme is being launched to reward people whose work in the local community deserves recognition.

The BA5 Awards have been instigated by a partnership between Wells Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Wells Civic Society and Wells Voice.

Members of the public are 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, which will be handed over at a special ceremony in December.

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

“The BA5 Awards for Services to the Community of Wells will look across all sectors,” said Robert Powell, chair of the chamber of commerce. “These might include education or school-based activities, sport, tourism, business, culture, the environment, young people’s activities, or support for the elderly or infirm, but nominations don’t need to fit a particular category. Nominees might be well known figures or they might be ‘unsung heroes’ – the awards are open to anyone and everyone.”

Chris Winter, chair of the civic society, said: “We would like to acknowledge and reward those who ‘go the extra mile’, and the five awards, which we hope to make annually, will recognise the many and various voluntary roles carried out by people all over Wells which contribute to the wellbeing of the community.”

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.

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