They deserve a medal!

Published on 19th January 2017

The Cheltenham Medal of Honour on a black background

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Cheltenham Medal of Honour. The medal recognises the voluntary contribution that local residents have made to their communities.

The nominations are considered by an independent panel and all information is treated on a confidential basis. The award is presented during the Inauguration of the Mayor ceremony which will be held in May.

The 2016 Medal was awarded to Wendy Mills for her services to the community and Sue Ryder.

Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Chris Ryder, says: “We are very fortunate in Cheltenham to have so many volunteers who give their time freely, helping individuals and organisations, and making a positive difference. We have many folk who take pride in where they live or work and who help to enhance our town.

“If you know of such a person who has for many years given their time and energy volunteering without expecting any recognition, please consider thanking them by nominating them for this annual Medal of Honour.”

For more information on the scheme and a nomination form, contact Jennie Ingram, Cheltenham Medal of Honour Committee, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 9SA, or call 01242 264108.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 17 March 2017.

For press enquiries contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email

Notes: The award was instigated at the suggestion of the late Sir Charles Irving.

The valuable voluntary contribution made to the community by many people means that each year a judgement has to be made as to who receives the award. The re-submission of nominations that meet the criteria is welcomed.

The period of contribution to the local community should not be less than ten years of continuous service.