Louis Weston-O’Neill was named Environmental Champion (aged under 25) at a special ceremony held at St Laurence’s Hall.
The 13-year-old, who is home educated, is the youngest food producer on Stroudco Food Hub and is knowledgeable about renewable energy and recycling.
“My interest started when I was six years old and my grandfather gave me membership of Greenpeace,” said Louis.
Amanda Godber, who is secretary of Down to Earth Co-operative, and is involved in the Growing Communities project, was named Environmental Champion (25 years +).
Heather Cunild received the Contribution to the Community award for her work with the charity Home Start.
“This is the icing on the cake but I am just a part of a very wonderful team,” she said. “Our volunteers are amazing and they should be the ones standing here receiving this award.”
Jeremy Collingwood received the Contribution to Culture award. For the past three years he has given countless hours of voluntary work as chair of the Lansdown Hall Trust, playing an active role in the Hall and Gallery’s transformation into a popular community facility.
Stroud Bookshop in the High Street was named Trader of the Year with the Blanket Box in Lansdown being highly commended.
Kelly Pitt of Black Book Cafe in Nelson Street received the Local Enterprise award. The innovative cafe was praised for its warm welcome and for its efforts to encourage book recycling.
The Mayor’s Special Award was shared between GlosVAIN which campaigned against the incinerator at Javelin Park and Stroud Against the Cuts which fought proposals to hand over Gloucestershire’s NHS services to a social enterprise company.
Mayor Amanda Moriarty said: “Both of these were successful campaigns and those involved worked tirelessly for the good of the community. They deserve recognition for their amazing efforts.”
Stroud Civic Society chose the Queen Vic pub in Gloucester Street for the Design Award, praising landlords Rob and Pam Thom for investing so much of their own time and money into the renovation of the pub, which now adds a touch of elegance to the street scene at this gateway to Stroud.
Town Awards 2013
Under 25 Louis Weston-O’Neill
25+ Amanda Godber
Trader of the Year
Highly commended: Judith Parnell, The Blanket Box
Winner: Stroud Bookshop
Contribution to the Community
Winner: Heather Cunild,
Contribution to Culture
Winner: Jeremy Collingwood,
chair of Lansdown Hall Trust
Winner: Kelly Pitt,
manager of Black Book Cafe
Mayor’s Special Award
Joint winners: GlosVAIN and
Stroud Against the Cuts NHS campaign
Winner: The Queen Vic, Gloucester Street
(Chosen by the Stroud Civic Society)