There are seven categories in Stroud Town Council’s Annual Awards. There will be a ceremony at the Town Meeting at St Lawrence Church Hall on Thursday May 9 at 7.30pm.
The Environmental Champion awards, one for under 25s and one for 25s and over, are for action to enhance the environment or improve awareness of sustainability issues. Groups or individuals can be nominated for each category.
The Trader of the Year award is open to people who work in any shop, café or restaurant in the town, not just the town centre.
There are two Sports and Culture awards, one for under 25s and one for over 25s, for a significant contribution to the development of community sporting or cultural activities.
Another new category that was added last year is Local Enterprise for innovative activity, which can include fundraising, charity work, social enterprise or business, that has brought benefits to Stroud.
“This is a chance to celebrate the many unsung heroes who go out of their way to make Stroud such a strong and vibrant community,” said town mayor Amanda Moriarty.
“We are especially keen to hear about local young people who are getting involved in positive projects and doing something to change our town for the better.”
Wendy Townsend, owner of the Lockkeeper Cafe, won trader of the year in 2012. “Winning trader of the year was such a wonderful accolade and meant a lot to me and the team. I have it proudly displayed in the cafe for all to see,” she said.
A nomination form can be picked up from the Town Council office in London Road, which is open Mon-Thurs 10am-1.30pm and Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm.
Forms can also be requested by phoning 01453 762817 or are downloadable here.
The deadline for nominations is Monday April 15.