ENTRIES are now open for the Herald & Gazette’s annual Community Stars awards, which promises to be the best yet.
The annual awards, now in its sixth year, aim to celebrate all the positive aspects of our local communities and the individuals and groups who make them such special places in which to live.
Fourteen categories make up the Community Stars Awards and the winners will be decided solely by the readers.
The first step is to nominate people, teams, groups and charities for an award.
Over the years, dozens of unsung heroes have had their stories shared – from people who run groups to benefit others, to those who have shown great bravery or courage in the face of adversity and those who make sacrifices in their own lives so others may be better off.
Coverage runs across all editions of the Herald & Gazette series – Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Steyning and Littlehampton – and nominations for people from across these areas, and the surrounding towns and villages, are welcome.
Marian Down is a member of the Lions Club who picked up last year’s Best Community Event for their summer festival.
She said: “The Community Stars Awards are so important because they are all about our home towns.
“The awards are set up by our own paper, the Herald & Gazette, candidates for the awards are all local people, nominated by the people of Worthing and surrounding areas and voted for by them.
“They showcase all that is good about our towns. To actually win an award is an amazing feeling as you know that all the hard work put in has been acknowledged and enjoyed.”
These awards are your awards, and we want you to tell us who deserves to be recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Over the next few weeks, we will feature the stories of some of those who have been nominated, and we will also be talking to those who are sponsoring categories.
Then, later in the autumn, we will feature a supplement detailing every single nominee.
It will then be up to our readers to vote for their winners.
Each category winner will be presented with a trophy at the awards ceremony at Worthing’s Dome cinema, hosted by radio personality Kevin King, in November.
For the first time, achievements will be honoured with cash prizes.
So, what are you waiting for? Have a look at the categories and complete and return the nomination form on this page.