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Celebrate our local heroes - Craven Community Champion Awards 2017 are now open!

Craven District Council and the Craven Herald are proud to launch the sixth annual Craven Community Champion Awards - celebrating the district's heroes and honouring their achievements.

Winners and sponsors 2016

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for their community? An individual who puts their time into volunteering, or a community group which really makes a difference? This is your chance to thank them for all their hard work.

The awards are split into seven categories, to celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to arts and culture, sport and recreation, health and wellbeing, and creating a greener Craven.

There are awards for Young Citizen of the Year, Best Community Group and Volunteer of the Year - and one person will be chosen by a panel of judges as Citizen of the Year.

Each award has been sponsored by a local business, including Alexander's, Broughton Hall, Angus Fire, Principle Healthcare International, Keelham Farm Shop, The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa, and Yorkshire Housing.

Councillor Stephen Place, Chairman of Craven District Council, said: "We're thrilled to be launching the Community Champions Awards once again this year.

"This is a fantastic event which allows us all to celebrate the amazing members of our community who help make Craven such a wonderful place to live.

"I'm sure we can all think of someone who goes the extra mile to help others or improve their community - so please nominate your local champion and make sure they get the recognition they deserve."

"I'd like to give many thanks to our generous sponsors for their continued support, without which the Craven Community Champions Awards would not be possible."

The winners will be announced on January 11, 2018, at the Awards Ceremony to be hosted by the Coniston Hotel and Country Estate at Coniston Cold, near Skipton. Everyone who has been shortlisted to receive an award will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony.

Nominations will close on October 29, 2017. Nomination forms are available from the Council website: www.cravendc.gov.uk/communitychampions