Fears have been expressed for the immediate future of the Chorley Civic Awards as organisers seek nominations for 2014.
In fact, this year’s awards could be the final one, it has been warned.
For Chorley Civic Society - the organisation behind the event - is on the verge of collapse as a result of falling membership.
Committee member Kath Almond said: “We are always amazed at the variety of nominations. It is quite difficult to shortlist about twelve, because they are all so worthy. However, this may be the last year awards are given due to the lack of new members.
“We meet once a month for an hour or so, and unless we recruit new members, the civic society may cease after the award ceremony in September.”
She added: “Griff Rhys Jones, president of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, is
passionate about people becoming involved and having pride in their own area.
“I know there are many people who care about their community and environment – we just need them to come forward and join us.”
Chorley’s residents are being asked to nominate initiatives or projects which have enhanced the environment or provided benefits to significant sections of the community.
These can include buildings, structures, landscaping, art and projects which benefit the local community.
Certain criteria applies. Projects must be completed, visible to the public, and enhance the environment or community.
Previous awards had been given to a wide variety of projects, including Chorley Little Theatre, Yarrow Valley Park Adventure Area, formation of a new branch of the Royal British Legion at Wheelton, Southlands High School St George’s Day Event and many more.
Nomination forms can be obtained from Chorley Library, or online from chairman Simon Wellerd at firstname.lastname@example.org (tel: 01257 234644) or Kath at email@example.com.
The closing date is April 18.