Josh Norman was named Young Person of the Year at a special ceremony held at The Old Town Hall.
The 15-year-old worked with his parents Jerry and Michelle to launch Rush Skatepark, a safe place where young people can meet and enjoy themselves.
He was involved in the market research, the business plan, attended planning meetings and met bank managers and councillors.
Josh was involved in the project from start to finish,” said his dad Jerry.
“I learned loads from helping with the skatepark. Now I have set up my own photography business from what I have learned from mum and dad,” said Josh.
Former Citizen reporter Jo Barber was judged Community Star, while Vanessa Price also won a Community award.
Jo has been reporting on the town’s events for the past 38 years. Colleague Victoria Temple nominated Jo, saying: “She’s been an integral part of the town’s democracy and debate for almost four decades. She has dealt with difficult stories and issues with toughness, humanity and integrity.”
Vanessa Price, of Assured Mobility, was praised for her support and willingness to go “the extra mile”.
Pete Blythe of Cornflower & Calico and Simon Powell of Brilliant Disguise were both named Trader of the Year. They were praised for the individuality of their High Street shops and the confidence they’ve shown in the town by starting up their new enterprises, Ripcord Stroud and The Toy Shop.
Helen Royall won the Environment award. She has been a driving force in Transition Stroud, Eco Open Homes and Open Edible Stroud. She was praised for putting the town on the map for sustainable living.
The Mayor made two Special Awards, to Gerb Gerbrands for making such a success of the Farmers’ Market and to Jamie Neal and Nick Priday who installed the new paving in the High Street.
Mayor Amanda Moriarty said: “All the people who were nominated for the awards go above and beyond. It is their amazing efforts which make Stroud such a wonderful place to live.”
Stroud Civic Society chose Bankfield House’s new extension, designed by Clive Petch and Keith Angus for the Design Award.The building, next to Brewery Bridge, is used by Five Valleys Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic in the High Street
Stroud Town Council Awards 2014
Winners: Pete Blythe (Cornflower and Calico, Ripcord Stroud), Simon Powell (Brilliant Disguise, The Toy Shop)
Winners: Jo Barber (former Stroud Life reporter), Vanessa Price (Assured Mobility)
Winners: Gerb Gerbrands (Farmers’ Market), Jamie Neal and Nick Priday (High St paving)
Winner: Helen Royall (Transition Stroud)
Chosen by the Stroud Civic Society
Winner: Bankfield House (occupied by Five Valleys Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic)
Winner: Josh Norman (Rush Skate Park)