Community Awards 2013 – Super Senior

Richard Beckett, centre, at the opening of the Scout headquarters in North Bersted
Richard Beckett, centre, at the opening of the Scout headquarters in North Bersted

DO you know an older person who puts the youngsters around them to shame when it comes to energy and drive?

Then you should nominate them for our Super Senior category in this year’s Community Awards.

This category recognises those who are determined not to let age get in their way. They are active in the community, giving over-60s a vital voice.

Chris Summerfield nominated Richard Beckett, chairman of Bognor Regis District Scout Council, for his dedication to getting a new Scout headquarters.

“He has tirelessly worked in bringing a new headquarters for Scouting in Bognor, whether it be sorting paperwork or clearing rubble, he was there doing it,” said Chris.

“Even though retired, he worked six-day weeks, prepping then decorating the headquarters. His enthusiasm and guidance carried us youngsters through the project.”

Do you know a Super Senior you think deserves recognition and could pip Richard to the post?

All the details on how to nominate them are in the story at the bottom of this page.

There’s not long left to nominate, so don’t miss your chance.

Voice of the Community

Over the years, we have run hundreds of stories about campaigners who speak out for their communities.

However, our newest category, Voice of the Community, is still light on entries.

We know there are people in each and every one of our towns and villages who work tirelessly to ensure their friends and neighbours have a say in the issues that matter to them.

It could be a one-off, short campaign, or someone who has spoken out for the community for years on a whole host of issues.

It could be a politician, member of a parish council, or an unelected member of the community who cares passionately about where they live.

“Our best stories come from vocal members of the community who are not afraid to speak out for what they believe in,” said group editor Colin Channon.

“This category should be absolutely overrun with nominations from across the area – Bognor, Midhurst, Petworth and the rest of the Chichester district.”


There are just a few weeks left to nominate someone you know for our Community Awards.

If you know someone who deserves recognition, don’t miss your chance to nominate.

You can nominate by sending in the form on this page, emailing or visiting our Commuinty Awards Facebook page:

All nominations should include contact details for both the nominee and nominator, which category they are being nominated in, around 50 words on why, and be received by July 18.

There is also still time to sponsor one of our categories and support our brilliant nominees.

For more information, get in touch with Claire Carter by calling 01243 534147 or emailing


A full list of categories and sponsors is below.

The full list of categories in year’s awards is:

Best Volunteer, Chichester District Council

Best Community Person

Mini Hero, sponsored by Families for Children

Hero to Animals

Best School, sponsored by Natures Way Foods

School Star, sponsored by South Downs National Park

Super Senior

Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips

Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers

Best Sportsperson

Special Recognition

Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group, Medhurst

Outstanding Bravery

Voice of the People

Best Community Event, Southern Water

Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community

Observer Award for Special Achievement, sponsored by Rolls Royce

More information on each category is in the paper, along with sponsor logos.