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Grants, Awards & Honours

Town Council Annual Grant Awards

Each year, the Town Council awards grants to various organisations whose work is considered to benefit the community.  The deadline for submission for the financial year 2018/19 has passed, applications will be considered at the November 2017 Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting. The Town Council delights in being able to support a variety of charitable and voluntary organisations and groups that are working to make Launceston a more interesting and dynamic community.

 

Town Council Public Awards (Merit)

 

Honoured Burgess: The award of Honoured Burgess is made in recognition of significant service made by an individual to the community over a considerable period of time.  Significant service means service above and beyond the call of duty, voluntary service or any other activities which have brought real, long-term benefit to the town of Launceston or its people. No rights, duties or privileges are conferred with the title of Honoured Burgess.

The nomination criteria are as follows: The nominee has served the community for at least 10 years, performing services which are of benefit to the whole or part of the town or community. The services are voluntary and not undertaken during paid employment

There is no limit to the number of nominations which may be made or the number of concurrent holders of the title of Honoured Burgess.  However, it is a great honour and is not bestowed frequently or lightly and it is therefore unlikely that there will be more than two or three at any one time. Nominations can be made at any time.  Nominations can be made by councillors or members of the public but if a serving councillor is nominated the nomination must come from someone unconnected to the Council.  An ad-hoc panel of five Town Councillors will consider the nomination and will make a recommendation to the Full Council.  The panel will be selected to ensure that an objective decision can be taken, a personal or prejudicial interest will bar that councillor from being a member of the panel.  Members of the panel may conduct their own enquiries to verify the merits of a nomination.   Normal voting rules will apply when the nomination is considered by the Full Council. The award of Honoured Burgess will normally be made once a year at the Annual Meeting of Launceston Town Council in May.  The Honoured Burgess will receive a scroll, and his/her name will be added to the roll of honour. An Honored Burgess nomination form can be downloaded here

Award of Appreciation: Launceston Town Council may confer an Award of Appreciation to an individual or organisation in recognition of services to the town of Launceston.  Nominations for posthumous Awards can be made, within 12 months of the death of the nominee. Nominations can be made by serving Town Councillors or members of the public and are considered at the November meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, when grant applications are considered. Award certificates will be presented at the Annual Meeting of Launceston Town Council in May. An Award of Appreciation nomination form can be downloaded here

Town Council Public Awards (Milestones)

Golden (50 years) and Diamond (60 and 75 years) Wedding Anniversaries: Any couple living within the town boundaries is eligible to receive a mark of recognition for these significant anniversaries from Launceston Town Council.  The Town Clerk must be notified of eligible couples before the anniversary date.  The notification may be made by anyone who has personal knowledge of the couple, whether or not they live in the town.  The Town Mayor will visit the couple to present a card and a bouquet not exceeding £20 in value.  The cost will be borne by the Town Council.

100+ Birthdays: Any person living within the town boundaries is eligible to receive a mark of recognition for these significant birthdays from Launceston Town Council.  The Town Clerk must be notified of the name, address and birth date of eligible persons before the birthday.  The notification may be made by someone who has personal knowledge of the person, whether or not they live in the town.  The Town Mayor will present a card and a bouquet or other suitable gift not exceeding £20 in value.  The cost will be borne by the Town Council

A copy of the Town Council Awards, Presentations and Commemorative Gifts Policy can be found here

Updated October 2017