Celebration of local heroes

Published: 25 January 2023

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"Newcastle Heroes" is being launched as part of year-long celebrations marking the 850th anniversary of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s incorporation as a borough.

Community heroes are to be honoured for the first time in a local awards scheme.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is launching the inaugural "Newcastle Heroes" awards, with a ceremony at the Mayor’s Charity Ball at the end of March.

Categories for the awards will include "Community Champion", "Young Hero" and "Lifetime Achievement".

Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “Our communities are the bedrock of this borough and they in turn rely on the people within them who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to make a difference to the lives of those around them.

“We want to recognise those people, thank them and publicise their stories to show others how it’s possible for big things to grow from small beginnings.

The three categories are:

Community Champion

The Community Champion Award is an opportunity to say thank you to someone who has done something special for their local community and who goes above and beyond to support the borough.

The Community Champion will be someone who has tirelessly supported a local cause and engages with others to help their local area flourish.

Young Hero

The Young Hero award is open to nominations for young residents between the ages of 14-21.

This person will have made a significant contribution to their community, perhaps through volunteering, environmental projects or any other work.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement award recognises and celebrates a resident who has persistently and tirelessly championed a cause or community project which has had long lasting and sustainable impact on the borough. We value those who use their experience, and passion for progress and improvement to benefit the borough in the long-term.

The inaugural awards are being launched as part of the year-long celebrations of the 850th anniversary of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s incorporation as a borough.

Simon Tagg added: “Through the centuries, the success of this borough has rested very much on the spirit, skill and determination of its residents.

“We still have those qualities in abundance today and it’s important that we mark their achievements publicly.”

Applications can be made online, by e-mailing Susan.Davies@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or via post to Susan Davies at Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle, ST5 1BL.

The closing date is Friday, 10 March 2023 at 5pm.