Town Council bestow Civic honours

The Alnwick Town Mayor’s Civic Award ceremony was held on May 8th 2018 at St James’s Church Centre, Alnwick when 11 individual and 4 team awards were presented. 


The Civic Awards winners are all people who have been nominated by other residents of Alnwick for their involvement contribution and dedication to charity work, community participation or voluntary activities. The people and teams who received awards make an enormous difference to the lives of many other people and the town of Alnwick.

Mayor of Alnwick, Counciilor Alan Symmonds, with winners of individual Civic Awards


The term civic comes from the Latin meaning citizen and was originally a civic garland denoting an oak leaves and acorns and which was given in ancient Rome to a person who saved a fellow person’s life.  As these days people no longer receive garlands but in Alnwick the Mayor is still able to bestow an honorary garland in the form on a certificate.


Councillor Symmonds said “as Mayor it always makes me proud of the town I live in when I read the nomination forms. It is important that as a Town Council we can recognise the people who go the extra mile for the town.


He continued “I would like to add my support for all the nominations which were made and for those who received awards. A big thank you to all of then for all they do for the residents of Alnwick – their involvement, dedication and contribution to the town and its community are to be applauded.


Each award winner was presented with a certificate with a citation, a Town Council badge and pen. The ceremony ended with the Mayor inviting the award winners and their guests, to join him for drinks and refreshments.


The following awards were presented:


Youth Civic Awards:

Max Young – For his outstanding community spirit and fundraising activities for his school and local community.


Adult Civic Awards:

David Archer – For his dedicated involvement and community service within Alnwick.


Lisa Bellamy – For her drive and dedication to local green spaces and the environment.


Eileen Blakey – For her tireless support of Alnwick as a Town Councillor and her dedication to Alnwick in Bloom.


Gordon Castle – For his enthusiasm and outstanding commitment to the Alnwick Community.


Paul Frater – For his on-going work raising funds for charities.


James Matthewson – For his commitment and hard work in organising an annual community event.


Vera Murphy – For her significant involvement, dedication and determination to providing the best advice service for Alnwick.


Lorna Stewart Hook – For her charity work, citizenship, community participation and involvement.


Linda Thompson – For her contribution and dedication to Alnwick Inner Wheel and community service.


Jayne Wright – For her dedication and continued commitment to Alnwick Cricket Club.


Team awards:

1801 RAF Air Cadets – For encouraging young people and promoting and creating a positive community attitude.


Alnwick ’Heritage heroes’ Team – For their knowledge and enthusiasm, and community engagement in the production and distribution of Alnwick ’Heritage heroes’ to improve people understanding and appreciation of the unique character of Alnwick.


Alnwick Spring Show Committee – For their dedication and hard work to organise and run the Alnwick Spring Show.


NCC’s Neighbourhood Services team – For continuing to provide an outstanding service with enthusiasm, and helping Alnwick win Gold in Northumbria in Bloom.