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Who deserves to be Westbury’s Person of the Year 2015?

Nominations are now open for the Westbury Person of the Year award.

The competition, run by the White Horse News, will recognise a resident who has made a real contribution to the community in 2015.

It’s been an exciting year for Westbury and many individuals have worked hard to improve their town, raise money for charity or help other people. With so many people doing great things in their community, we need your help to find them.

You can nominate any person who lives or works in the Westbury area who you think has contributed to the local community. Perhaps your nominee has been involved in a local charity, helped run a sports club or offered voluntary services which have benefitted the town.  The only conditions are that the person is from Westbury or one of the surrounding villages or works in the town; and that the person has not previously won this award.

Nominations must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 7th January. A shortlist of nominees will be published in the next issue of White Horse News with the winner decided by public vote.

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

Sean Price won last year’s award for his 20 years as town crier, and for his involvement with Westbury Wheelers, Avon Valley Runners and Westbury Running Group.

Westbury’s Person of the Year 2013 went to Hilary Reed for her work over more than 30 years for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

In 2012, the award went to Steve Lloyd, chair of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (West Wilts Link); and in 2011 to the late Dot Whitehead, for her role as Westbury’s Air Ambulance shop manager.

The previous year, the honour went to funeral director, Arthur Mays, in recognition of some 60 years of kindness and help for clients who are going through a difficult time.

In 2009 the award went to Henry Leigh, the founder of the Belarussian Ray of Hope.

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 you can fill out the form on page 17 of this week’s paper and return it to; White Horse News, 31 Market Place, Melksham, Wilts. SN12 6ES