The Mayor’s Pride Awards are held to celebrate extraordinary people and outstanding organisations that make a positive contribution to the local community.

The winners of the Mayors Pride Awards 2019 were revealed at a celebratory evening at St Michael's' Manor on 12th March.

Mayor's Pride Awards 2019

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The Categories

The categories this year are as follows:

Community Champion of the Year

Community Champion of the Year

This award aims to reward people who have given up their spare time and gone out of their way to help others in the community.

WINNER: Stuart New. He has been an active member of the local branches of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and the Royal British Legion for over three decades.


Cultural Innovation Award

Creative people or groups whose ideas or achievements are an inspiration to others can be nominated for this award.

WINNER: Clare Suttie. She organises the Polar Bear Plunge, a charity fund-raiser that sees people dive into a freezing pool in New Year’s Day. This year she publicised the event by putting imaginative decorations on post boxes in the run-up to Christmas.


Young Person of Distinction

This award provides an opportunity to commend an exceptional child or young person for their talent, positivity, energy or strength of character.

WINNER: Anthony Agar. He changed his life for the better when he joined a boxing club at 13. He is now studying business at Oaklands College and is a National Amateur Boxing Alliance champion.


Community Oriented Business of the Year

This award is for businesses in St Albans District that are working with the public or voluntary sectors on initiatives to benefit the community.

WINNER: Hare & Hounds, St Albans. A pub that is very much part of the local community, taking a leading role in a number of charity projects.


Environmental Champion of the Year

A group or individual showing innovation or commitment to improving the local environment will be honoured with this award.

WINNER: Incredible Edible Community Gardens. Foodsmiles have set up two gardens in central St Albans with the aim teaching local people gardening skills, helping pollinators and other wildlife and enhancing the City Centre.


Voluntary Sector Award

Recognition will be given to a group or individual for making a real difference to the community through their work in the voluntary sector.

WINNER: Soroptimist International, St Albans and District. A local women’s group that has serving the community since 1957.


Inclusive Communities Award

This award will be given to a community initiative that unites people of different ethnic, faith or socio-economic backgrounds.

WINNER: Gordon Baisley, Victoria Playing Fields Football Club. He runs an inclusive youth football club that any child regardless of ability can attend.


Community Project of the Year

Recognition will be given to a project that has made a real difference to local people or has helped make the area more vibrant.

WINNER: 'Box Cleva', St Albans ABC. They delivered socially inclusive boxing sessions for 7-15 year olds with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour.


Mayor’s Recognition Award

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Date of last review: 09 January 2019