Nominations are flying in for the first in a series of community award celebrations to be launched by trusted local publisher Tindle Newspapers.
The Community In Kindness Awards are lined up to be regional events produced annually by Tindle, kicking off in Wales with the Abergavenny Chronicle, which is honouring those who made a difference in their area during the difficult last two years.
The Chronicle and Abergavenny Town Council joined forces to officially launch the awards in April. The local Tindle team are working with 11 different sponsors to recognise the very best of the local community.
All 11 categories offer opportunities to recognise people making a positive impact in all sectors, from private to public. With a specific criteria for each award, any individual or company can win and be nominated for more than one category.
The Chronicle has been sharing with readers some of the stories of those nominated to date. One of the first nominations is for popular local newsagent Paul Cable.
Paul is known for using the wall opposite his shop for artwork depicting the likes of Dame Vera Lynn and Sir Tom Moore, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS. Paul has also used his shop window to highlight many local causes and has also raised money for individuals, as well as international causes like the people of Ukraine.
Paul has been nominated for ‘Heart of the Community award and his nominee says: ‘‘Paul is a most talented artist who is at the very heart of our town. His cheerful personality and enthusiasm in supporting both individuals here in the UK and abroad is a constant source of inspiration.”
Helen Davies of Abergavenny has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year category. Helen’s nominee says: ‘‘Helen gathered together a team of like-minded volunteers to collect litter from The Meadows and the town. She has inspired and encouraged these volunteers to make our town a place to be proud of and for others to admire.’’
The closing date for nominations is June 24 2022. Those nominated for the awards will be invited to attend a celebration afternoon tea at the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny in July.
Sharon Hobday, Events Director for Tindle Newspapers, said: “We have been delighted with the response to the Community In Kindness awards so far and are looking forward to the big night next month.
“The awards will give the category sponsors the opportunity to also present themselves to a heightened audience, through our new developed websites, social media platforms and as always our readership through the printed titles.
“Events like Community In Kindness tick all the boxes to place trusted local publisher Tindle, our partner venue and our category sponsors in the centre of the community.”
Nominations can be submitted on the Chronicle website, through completion of a nomination coupon in the newspaper or by completing one of the flyers distributed throughout town. Readers can also pick up a nomination form from the Chronicle office or from the town library.