Celebration day for Lord Mayor’s medallists
A CEREMONY has taken place to recognise the achievements of community members.
Fourteen Bristol citizens were honoured for their work in the city’s communities as they received the Lord Mayor’s Medal at a ceremony at the Mansion House on Thursday March 12, which recognised their efforts in areas such as volunteering, caring for others and making improvements to their neighbourhoods.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Jos Clark, presented the accolades at the civic ceremony, which is now in its 37th year.
This year’s achievements include support of youth and faith groups, Bristol in Bloom, multicultural and international relations, tackling pollution and litter, feeding people in need, community communications, autism awareness, and adult learning.
The judging panel was led by the Lord Mayor, along with a panel of councillors representing each of the political parties. The panel assessed anonymous nomination forms and considered each application on its community impact, how recent the achievement, contribution to Bristol, and quality and strength of support letters. All activities had to be unpaid and scored higher if they were not related to a job or career.
This year the criteria for nominations were the type of service carried out by the nominee in their community, and what makes it unique, distinctive or special, and how the nominee has enhanced the quality of life for local people and Bristol. In addition, the service also needed to have taken place in the past five years.
Nominators had to submit two statements, one from someone familiar with the nominee’s success (but not related to the nominee) and the other from a Bristol city councillor or the elected Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees.
In our area, Esther Scull from Southmead received a medal for voluntary services to Bristol Army Cadet Force, Brenda Smith from Henleaze was recognised for services to Girl Guiding community and church groups and Simon Brookes from Westbury-on-Trym was nominated for for neighbourhood improvements and training in first aid/life-saving skills.
Speaking about the ceremony, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Jos Clark, said: “I am extremely proud to be awarding the Lord Mayor’s medal to these 14 very worthy recipients. They have all made such positive, selfless contributions to their communities and causes. I am struck by just how diverse the range is this year and the people involved. They should also be very proud of their achievements, and I congratulate each of them.”
To find out more about the Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor’s Medals, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/council-and-mayor/lord-mayor-of-bristol