Each year Trowbridge Town Council makes two major awards, The Civic Award and The Town Enhancement Award. For details of how to make a Nomination for awards to be presented in March 2017, please click here.
The Civic Award 2016Trowbridge Town Council’s Civic Award 2016 was this year awarded to Major (Retired) William Naesmyth of Posso. His professional approach, boundless knowledge and dependable character marks him out amongst others.
Major Naesmyth has given over 20 years of voluntary service. He has been pivotal in improving and raising the profile of the Royal British Legion in the town of Trowbridge, thereby helping to actively support the many veterans and their families that reside in the area. He has been an outstanding, inspirational and fully-engaged organisation President, who has campaigned for the rights of all veterans in Trowbridge, even writing to the Prime Minister, Ministers and MPs when required to ensure that Trowbridge veterans and their families are not disadvantaged or treated unfairly.
He has fully engaged across the wide spectrum of veterans' organisations in Trowbridge, nurturing and developing close working relationships with both the White Ensign Association and Royal Air Force Association to better help all veterans and their families. He was instrumental in suggesting and supporting that Trowbridge grant the “Freedom of the Town” to the Royal Artillery which was a great success, taking place in June 2014. He was influential in helping to reorganise the town’s Remembrance Sunday Parade that now culminates with a service at the town’s War Memorial which has proven so successful and fitting for the county town of Wiltshire, and is instantly recognisable as the tall and upright gentleman sporting the bowler hat!!
His efforts are derived from his totally selfless attitude and considerate nature. His achievements, as a result of his enthusiasm and boundless energy, have had, and will continue to have, a lasting positive impact on the local community of Trowbridge.
His exceptional contribution, commitment and efforts are truly worthy of formal recognition from the people of Trowbridge, particularly this year as he has retired from his role as President of the Trowbridge Branch of the Royal British Legion.
The Town Enhancement Award 2016This development of both office and residential space, owned by Doric Development (Bath) Ltd, designed by BBA Architects, Henrietta Mews of Bath, and completed by contractors Ashford Homes (South Western Limited) in November 2015, enhances the Court Street area of Trowbridge and provides an excellent guide to other developers wishing to redevelop other sites in this area.
The use of brick with stone detailing echoes the materials of the historic industrial buildings of the town. It is a good workmanlike design and the hidden car parking on the ground floor is intuitive.
Overall this development brings a good element of residential property into the centre of the town, and is well deserving of civic recognition.