Group of winners of Community AWards 2022 in Henrietta Park, Bath with new trees planted

The winners of awards to recognise people who have made a positive contribution to their communities in Bath and North East Somerset have been revealed.

Twelve individuals and organisations were presented with a Community Award at a special ceremony at Henrietta Park in Bath (22nd November 2022).

The award includes seven blossom trees being planted for the winners that will help extend the green canopy across the district.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Community Awards 2022/23 champion ‘unsung heroes’ who make a difference in their communities and support others.

The cherry trees were planted at Henrietta Park, which as they mature will host an impressive spring blossom display each year to enhance the site and provide a permanent central location to mark the winners’ outstanding achievements.

A total of 60 nominations in seven categories were received for the awards, which this year included two new categories for town and parish councillors of the year.

Councillor Shaun Stephenson-McGall, Chair of the Council, who presented the awards, said: “It’s inspiring to hear about the contribution all the nominees have made to their communities and there have been some striking tales of people who go above and beyond to support others. I’m delighted that this year there will be a lasting tribute to the winners in the form of these beautiful blossom trees, which not only mark their achievements but also contribute to tackling the climate emergency. Congratulations to the twelve winners and thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your local hero.”

The winners are:

The Beryl Dixon Community Leader of the Year

Winner – Penny McKissock, Southside Family Project

Volunteer of the Year

Joint Winner – David Musgrave, Oasis Pantry

Joint Winner – John Harvey, Mentoring Plus

Joint Winner – Kathleen Still, Age UK B&NES

Volunteer Team of the Year

Winner – Bravo Medics Volunteer Critical Care Consultants

Young Volunteer Team of the Year

Winner - Students' Union Nightline - Kashiv Mishra

Charity of the Year

Winner – Youth Connect South West

Green Business Leader

Winner - The Community Farm

Chairs Special Recognition Award for Service to the Community

Winner – SWALLOW

Outstanding Young Person

Winner – Will Lakey

The Peter Duppa-Miller Award for Town Councillor of the Year

Winner – Councillor Steve Plumley, Midsomer Norton.

The Peter Duppa-Miller Award for Parish Councillor of the Year

Winner – Councillor Robert Helland, South Stoke.

The Community Awards are organised by the council in partnership with:

  • The Student Community Partnership
  • HCRG Care Group
  • Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire Integrated Care Board. 
  • The Third Sector Group
  • Curo Housing


Nomination details of the winners

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