THE SEARCH is on for outstanding young community champions who deserve to be honoured in the Pride Of Hucknall awards.
Nominations are now open for the prestigious accolades, which recognise the achievements of young people in Hucknall, aged between 11 and 17, over the last year. There are separate boys’ and girls’ categories.
Accomplishments can include academic success, service to the local community, sporting achievement or triumphs in the fields of art, music or entertainment.
The closing date is Thursday July 14 for nominations, which can be sent to the main organiser, Coun Ken Knight (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council, at 5 Ullswater Drive, Hucknall. Alternatively, drop them in at the Dispatch Office.
Each nomination must include the name, age and address of the person, as well as a short explanation on why they are being put forward.
The awards are open only to young people who live in Hucknall.
Accolades will be presented by former Dispatch chief reporter, Denis Robinson, during a ceremony at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street on Saturday September 17.
A performance will be given by the Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass Band and all nominees will receive a medal. Tickets are now on sale for the event.
Coun Knight said: “This is all about recognising the positive achievements of young people in Hucknall. If anyone knows of anyone who deserves this honour, don’t hesitate.”
The awards were inaugurated in 2008 in memory of Coun Nellie Smedley, a long-serving Hucknall Labour member of Notts County Council, who died in September 2006 at the age of 84.
Last year’s winner of the boys’ award was Matthew Fifoot, who is an integral member of the school council at Hucknall National Comprehensive on Annesley Road.
He was nominated for his positive attitude and commitment to a campaign to help children living in poverty.
The girl winner was Zoe Haslam, of Piper Close, who achieved outstanding success in her GCSE exams at the town’s Holgate Comprehensive School. She also plays saxophone in the Nottinghamshire Youth Orchestra.
In 2009, the winners were athlete Ashley Gilder, who is one of the best young hammer-throwers in the country and holds many records, and Chloe Richards, who was honoured for her football prowess. She played for Linby Colliery Welfare Ladies, became an Ashfield Young Sports Ambassador and took part in a prestigious Football Association event that included a visit to Wembley.
The winners of the inaugural awards were Faye Haslam, sister of Zoe, for excelling in her GCSE exams while, at the same time, supporting her family after the tragic death of her dad, Timothy, from a brain tumour.
She was joined by blind teenager Brandon Williams, of Harrow Road, who continually demonstrates that not being able to see need not be a barrier to leading a fulfilling life.