2020-2021 Community Spirit and Environment Awards now Launched

Published: 07 April 2021

Information and How to Nominate persons for
Community Spirit Awards
Environmental Champion Award
Click Here to Complete online Nomination
Click Here to Download PDF  Nomination Form


Since February 2020 the pandemic has brought many changes to the Parish and one of the most amazing is the many ways in which the community stepped up to help each other. The Parish Council wishes to continue a tradition that is a memorable and distinctive way for the community to thank and pay special tribute to the people of Hythe and Dibden whose work and efforts have shown kindness and support in this extraordinary year. These people have been key in getting the community through this difficult time and what they do and what they have achieved is an example for us all.

This year alongside the winner of the Community Spirit and the Environment Awards every person who is nominated will be recognised with the unique Community Spirit Award Pin especially designed by local graphic designer Simon Chadwick.

• Community Spirit – this can be volunteers/neighbours/friends/family who did shopping when you couldn’t get out; delivery drivers; just a neighbour who stopped by to say hello or a friend who rang to check you were OK; businesses that went out of their way to deliver goods and services to you, etc.; people who sewed PPE; collected care packages for frontline workers; people who collected food and essentials; the list is endless and it does not matter how big or small the activity. Essentially anyone who showed kindness and support and made the last year more bearable for you.

• Environmental Champion – to particularly recognise someone who voluntarily keeps our Parish clean and tidy and/or undertake environmental improvement work.

You do not need to be a resident of Hythe and Dibden to be nominated for the Awards if your work is of benefit to the residents of the Parish.
No elected representative may be nominated whilst they still hold office and a person cannot self-nominate. No employee of the Council can be nominated for work undertaken whilst on contract.
There is no age limit for nomination for the Community Spirit and Environmental Champion Award.

A committee will decide who should receive the awards. Those receiving an award and/or certificate will be notified by letter from the chairman of the working group and all persons making a nomination will be informed of the decision.

The presentation of the awards will be undertaken at the Hythe of Activity Event on Saturday 7th August 2021

Nominations will be accepted until noon Friday 9th July 2021. All nominations received after the deadline cannot be considered.

The completed and signed nomination form, with the (up to), 50-word description of why the person is being nominated and any supporting materials must be submitted to the Council as one submission or pack. It is preferred that the information is submitted by email however the information can be posted or hand-delivered to the Grove whereupon it will be scanned.

The nomination form and additional information will be available on the Council’s website and to collect from The Grove as a printed pack. Further information is available by telephoning the Parish Council office on 02380 841411.

5.1 Community Spirit Award
Every nominee will receive a unique commemorative enamel pin, a letter with a citation, and their name put on a board which will be displayed in the Reception in the Grove. The overall winner will receive a £20 One4All voucher.

5.2 Environmental Champion
The winner will be awarded a cup and a £20 One4all voucher, and a certificate.
All persons nominated will be presented with a certificate at the presentation event.
For further information contact the Parish Council on 02380 841411 or email: helen.bradley@hytheanddibden.gov.uk