This year there were six nominations for the award – Andrew Snell, Carole Smart, Chris Evans, Alan Holman, Annie Holman and Michael Treble. All of the nominations were of high merit and the adjudicating panel found it difficult to select an overall winner. However, they finally decided that the award should be presented jointly to Alan and Annie Holman. The award was given to recognise the many years of unstinting efforts to make Chudleigh Carnival the success it is. It is probably fair to say that, without them, the Carnival would probably not exist. It is fitting that last year's carnival was the most successful ever. The other nominees received a letter of appreciation and a signed certificate, recognising their achievements.
Due to his current poor health Alan was unanble to attend the Annual Town Meeting so the Mayor, Richard Keeling, presented Annie with both their awards and also the perpetual shield. The latter remains on permanent display in the Town Hall.
This award was introduced by the Town Council in 2012 as a way of recognising and saying thank you to those people who have contributed to the community of Chudleigh. It is presented by the Mayor at the Annual Town Meeting which, this year, was held on 30 April. In 2012, the inaugural award was presented to Alan Brunton in recognition of his work with the Amenity Society and History Group, as well as his work in opening the Heritage and Information Centre. In 2013 the award was presented to Sue Metcalfe in recognition of her work with the youth centre and Chudleigh Community Project. Last year the award was jointly given to Joan Prowse and Jillian Wood in recognition of their work over 20 years in organising coffee mornings to raise funds for St John Ambulance. Last year the award was given jointly to Stewart Sapp and Mike Moyse. Stewart was recognised for his lead role in taking forward the project to build a new play park, MUGA and pagoda at Fore Street Park. Mike Moyse was recognised for his work in setting up a team of volunteers to tackle environmental issues around the town and also for his work as the Council’s Footpaths Officer. It should not be forgotten that he played a key role in bringing together the residents with properties bordering the leat and forming a Leat Volunteers Group.