Civic Award Winners 2021

The inspirational achievements of local people were celebrated at the Annual Council Meeting on Monday 24 May, with the announcement of the Civic Awards for both 2020 and 2021.

Montage of the 2021 Civic Awards winners with Cllr Roger Trigg

The new Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Peter Hebden, invited his predecessor Cllr Roger Trigg to announce the awards, which celebrate a range of achievements, including service to the community, courage, environmental work and education.

This year the awards were once again given in partnership with the Mears Group and the Young Person Award was also sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire for a recipient under the age of 21. Special Local Hero medals were awarded for 2021 to members of the community who have made tireless contributions to the Covid 19 volunteer effort.

The winners were:

  • Ben Catchpole - Civic Award - for his amazing humanitarian efforts, as well as for working continually to help local families at the height of the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Jonathan Mather - Civic Award - in recognition of his continued commitment to cricket through unwavering dedication to coaching and mentoring cricketers of all ages.

  • John Roper - Civic Award - for the work he has undertaken over many years for the community in both Welwyn village and Danesbury nature reserve.

  • Meaghaen Reid -Community Award presented by Mears - in recognition of the selfless work she has undertaken with the Live Life project at Herts Young Homeless, and her fundraising efforts helping the homeless community.

  • Bethany Barthram (Young Person's Award) - is presented by the University of Hertfordshire - in recognition of her contribution to the Law School and her outstanding volunteering work at the Hertfordshire Law Clinic.

  • Debbie Thompson - Local Hero Medal - with grateful thanks in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, including bringing food and medical supplies to local residents.

  • Sarah Jamieson - Local Hero Medal - with grateful thanks in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, including, as a Senior Project Manager at Resolve's Night Shelter, staying with Night Shelter guests through lockdown.

  • Clive Marlowe - Local Hero Medal - with grateful thanks in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, including, as a volunteer at Resolve's Night Shelter, staying with Night Shelter guests through lockdown.

  • Georgie Lake - Local Hero Medal - with grateful thanks in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, including, as a volunteer at Resolve's Night Shelter, staying with Night Shelter guests through lockdown.

The winners each receive a crystal engraved trophy or a medal, a certificate, a cheque for £250 and a place in the Civic Awards Roll of Honour, recording their achievement for posterity.

The Mayor, Cllr Peter Hebden, said:

I've been truly inspired to hear about the extraordinary efforts made to the local community by this year's award and medal winners, particularly through many months of challenges and adversity. It's therefore fitting that their huge contributions are being recognised in this way. The same goes for the 2020 winners who we couldn't announce last year due to being in full lockdown. This year we are delighted to put that right and formally - if belatedly - recognise their equally amazing impact. This has been a fantastic way to start my tenure as Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield!