Puriton Parish Council recognises the importance of acknowledging the positive contributions made to the parish and its community through the actions of its residents.
There are a number of opportunities for Puriton Parish Council to either nominate or award a resident for particularly good deeds or significant achievements. Some of these awards are administered by outside bodies, such as the Somerset County Council Chairman’s Award, but others are decided within the parish.
Good Citizen Award
The Parish Council is proud of the many community organisations and activities in the parish and the community spirit of residents.
The Parish Council is keen to recognise the achievements of those people who voluntarily and selflessly work to improve and enhance the lives of local people. In recognising the huge benefit of this kind of work it is hoped that others will be inspired to contribute to make the parish of Puriton an even better place to live.
The aim of presenting an award is to promote pride in the community and to promote the idea of the community as something to be valued. The presentation of the award will provide an opportunity to increase awareness of the good works in the parish and to allow that work to be celebrated.
The Good Citizen Award will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding effort, over a sustained period of time. Their good deeds will have contributed to improving and making a significant difference in our community.
The Parish Council will aim to make residents aware of the award by including details and a nomination form in the regular newsletter to all households, on the website. It will be further promoted on noticeboards and and via Facebook.
Nominations will be accepted in the designated boxes between 9th January 2017 and 28th February 2017 and the winner will be invited to a presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting in April.
Please click to download a nomination form.
Click to see the rules for nomination
Pride of Puriton Award
On Sunday 3rd July, the Church held an event to celebrate village life over the past 90 years and to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday. As part of the celebrations a 'Pride of Puriton' competition was held, whereby young people in the village were nominated for being an active and dedicated member of the community, for showing exceptional care towards others or for any other reason where they had displayed an outstanding quality.
The Parish Council were delighted to sponsor the awards, with Cllr Mark Healey and the Parish Clerk, Sam Winter, as judges.
All nominees received a prize, but Melissa Standen won the winner’s trophy for her extensive community involvement. Hannah Madge was highly commended for her community spirited actions.
Somerset County Council Chairman’s Award 2016
Puriton Parish Council unanimously agreed to nominate Puriton resident Mollie Gooding for the Chairman’s Award 2016. Mollie has served the community of Puriton for over 30 years as a prominent member of numerous groups including the Flower Show Committee, Women’s Institute, Village Hall Committee and can also be relied upon to serve teas at all village events.
Christmas Lights Award
The most light-hearted award the Parish Council administers often attracts the fiercest competition!
Each year the streets of Puriton are lit up by homes decorated with festive lights to celebrate the Christmas season. A judge is appointed to visit every street in Puriton, Dunball and Downend and to decide the winner and runners up of the Christmas light displays.
The 2016 competition was judged by Jenny Clatworthy of Court Farm Butchers who awarded first place to the Edney family of 82 Puriton Park, who have a fine tradition of fabulous lighting and were a 2015 runner up.
Runners up certificates were awarded to the Mr & Mrs Bennett of 1 Webbers Way, and the Gamblin Family at 26 Puriton Park.
Chairman's Award - Somerset County Council
Puriton Parish Council was invited to nominate a Puriton resident to be considered to receive the Chairman's Award in 2016. The Parish Council agreed to nominate Mollie Gooding. Mollie has served the community of Puriton for over 30 years as a prominent member of numerous groups including the Flower Show Committee, Women’s Institute, Village Hall Committee and, importantly, can also be relied upon to serve teas at all village events! Somerset County Council's decision is expected in late September.