They deserve a medal!

Published on 28th January 2011

Do you know anyone who you think deserves a medal? If so, nominate them for the Cheltenham Medal of Honour.

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Cheltenham Medal of Honour. The medal recognises the worthwhile voluntary contribution that some of the borough's 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 in May.

Last year, Geoffrey Ratcliffe from Leckhampton won the medal for services to the community. Mr Ratcliffe is in his sixties.

Cllr Anne Regan, mayor, says: "Nominating your local hero for this medal is a great way to say thank you publicly for the hard and valuable work they have done. I'd like to urge our residents to think about people they know that deserve this award, and send in their nominations right away."

Please complete a nomination form and email to Jennie Ingram, or you can post it to her at Cheltenham Medal of Honour Committee, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham  GL50 9SA, by Friday 11 March 2011.

If you would like further information on the scheme, please email Jennie or telephone Cheltenham 01242 264108.

For media enquiries, contact:
Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 775037, email

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.