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Who deserves to be Westbury’s Person or Group of the Year 2020?

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WHITE HORSE News’ Person and Group of the Year awards are back – and we need your nominations for who you think should win.

2020 was a year like no other but amidst the tragedy and difficulties, community spirit was a shining light more than ever before.

As people stayed at home to keep safe, residents volunteered their time to go shopping, pick up prescriptions, befriend people living alone, and raise money for charity in unique and novel ways.

Local groups and organisations stepped up to the plate, adapting their services to meet the ever-changing government guidance, helping to deliver vital services to the community.

With so many people doing great things in the community last year, it’s going to be a difficult task to decide who should win – and that’s why we need your help to find them.

For the Person of the Year award you can nominate a friend, family member, community leader, colleague or even someone you don’t know – any person who lives or works in the Westbury area who you think has contributed most to the local community.  

For the Group of the Year award you can nominate a group, organisation, or committee – any group that does work in the Westbury area who you think has contributed most to the local community. Don’t worry if not everyone from the group comes from Westbury, what’s important is that the work of the group benefits the town in some way. The only conditions are that the person or group lives or works in Westbury or one of the surrounding villages and haven’t previously won one of the awards.

Nominations must be received by 3pm on Wednesday 13th January and the winner of each award will be chosen by a panel of local representatives and announced in our next issue.

Ian Drew, editor of White Horse News said, “This is a chance to nominate someone or a group who deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to Westbury over the past year or who has had a big impact on life in the town.

“There are so many people and groups doing fantastic work, more than ever during these difficult times, and these awards are a real opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts.”

The Person of the Year award for 2019 went to chairman of Westbury Rugby Club Gareth ‘Foggy’ Vaughan, for his work with the club over the 25 years.. And the recipient of the first ever Group of the Year award was Westbury Lions, for their fundraising for the community.

Previous winners of the Person of the Year award are listed on page 10.

Nominations can be made by emailing news@whitehorsenews.co.uk stating your name, address and contact number with your nominee’s name and why you are nominating them. (We won’t disclose who has made the nominations). If you have contact details for your nominee, please include these. Or write to White Horse News, 31 Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES.