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    16 January 2024

    Wells Civic Awards Winners 2023

    Wells Civic Awards Winners 2023

    Wells Civic Awards Winners Announced!

    Citizen of the Year

    Philip Welch, for his extensive work with ten local charities, organising events and his general contribution to the city’s wellbeing. One nomination said “He is everywhere,” another “Always ready to help make a difference.”

    "The Mayor of Wells, The Bishop of Bath and Wells & Philip Welch"


    Volunteer of the Year

    Emma Lefevre, for her tireless work with Project Factory and Wells Community Network to organise community events, stir people into action and bring local organisations together for the benefit of the citizens of Wells.

    "Emma Lefevre & The Mayor of Wells"


    Community Organisation of the Year

    Wells Community Network, for its diverse work in the community including support for the Covid vaccination programme, with Ukrainian refugees, and now with the trishaw project.

    "Wells Community Network & The Mayor of Wells"


    Business of the Year

    Wells Voice, for playing a crucial role in keeping local people informed, supporting local events and building a stronger community. Ever reliable and packed with news. Essential reading for residents.

    "Cllr Gordon Folkard, Andy Vallis of Wells Voice & The Mayor of Wells"


    Senior Sportsperson of the Year

    Thomas Palacio, for running three marathons in three days to raise money for Brain Tumour Research’s work to find a cure. One of his best friends had died from this condition.

    "Thomas Palacio, Rob Bevan of Protec (Sponsor) & The Mayor of Wells"


    Junior Sportsperson of the Year 

    Reuben Ashton, who has played hockey for Somerset, football for Wells City Under-16s, cricket for his school team and local clubs, swum for his school in the Olympic pool in London and has a golf handicap of 16.9.


    Young Person of the Year

    Archie Sanguinetti, a normally shy six-year-old boy, for his kindness in selling some of his toys from a stall in front of his home to raise money for The Lawrence Centre charity.

    "Sally Vallis of the Wells Voice (Sponsor), Alice Sanguinetti (Archies Mum) & The Mayor of Wells"


    Environmental Champion

    Maddy Milnes, who has supported neighbours to plant wildflower verges for five years and leads a pilot project with community volunteers to naturalise the verges along Tor Hill Lane.

    "Cllr Sarah Powell, Maddy Milnes & The Mayor of Wells"


    Extra Mile Award

    Kevin Westwood, for his wonderful and inspirational support to so many people in Wells for more than 34 years. Nothing is too much trouble for Kevin.

    "Kevin Westwood & The Mayor of Wells"


    Thank you to everyone who took part and voted in the Wells Civic Awards 2023.


    The Mayor's Awards

    Secret Award

    Nick Marshman, for 34 years service as an employee of Wells City Council.

    "Nick Marshman & The Mayor of Wells"


    Mayor's Award 1

    Maurice Day, for 53 years organising Wells Carnival.

    "Maurice Day & The Mayor of Wells"


    Mayor's Award 2

    Dawn Payne, for 10 years chairing the Wells Twinning Association

    "Dawn Payne & The Mayor of Wells"

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