No Hadleigh nominations after awards confusion

A misunderstanding at Hadleigh Town Council led to councillors declining to nominate anyone for a prestigious award.

The council had been asked to put forward names for Babergh District Council’s Community Achievement Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions made by local people, with categories for young people, over-18s, community groups and businesses.

Town clerk Carol Bailey said councillors understood that previous nominees could not be put forward again – which turns out not to be the case – and they could not think of any new candidates who stood a chance of winning.

“The council felt there wasn’t anyone they could immediately think of that was outstanding enough and decided it would rather leave it until next year,” she said.

“It is getting harder every year and you have to find ones that particularly fall into one of the categories. You don’t want to put someone up if they aren’t going to win it.”

A Babergh District Council spokeswoman said: “There may have been a misunderstanding on the part of Hadleigh Town Council.

“The criteria sent to all relevant bodies does not state anywhere that repeat nominations are excluded. People can be nominated more than once, provided that the contribution they have made to the wellbeing of their community has continued since any previous nomination.

“Sometimes a nomination is unsuccessful because it is lacking information or because competition is greater in any particular year,” said the spokeswoman.

“We would encourage organisations to nominate those they feel worthy of acknowledgment, even if they have been nominated previously.

“We are keen to acknowledge ongoing community work so the panel will consider all nominations received.”

Deadline for nominations is next Friday, with judging in early December

Babergh District Council has so far received seven nominations for the awards and will be contacting Mrs Bailey regarding the nominations.