Civic Awards

A number of Civic Awards have been presented by the Town Council in recognition of exceptional effort and commitment by individuals beyond their normal role or occupation, who in so doing have provided benefit and good for the town.

Civic Award

Dianne Fernee

Dianne Fernee was elected to Wymondham Town Council in 2011 and subsequently for 2013-14 during this time she was instrumental in setting up Wymondham Business group, as the previous Chamber of Commerce had dissolved.

It was during her year as Mayor that she became involved in Dementia Support for the town including giving assistance to the Pabulum café, and in conjunction with Age Concern, established a tool kit and training for local businesses this becoming the bench mark to be used throughout Norfolk.  Since then she has been a committed member of the support group and her good work, together with that of all the helpers here resulted in a Queens Voluntary Service Award being received in 2017, and I know she was delighted to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace with Trevor Brown.

The growth of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group has been phenomenal, starting with some six couples eight years ago and with over 80 couples at the present time.

She was also heavily involved in the Battle to save Admiral Dementia Nurses and thanks to her efforts together with other compaigners the foundation has now been made for a sustainable nursing service.

For her sterling Community Service work Mayor Cllr Robert Savage was pleased to present on behalf of the Town Council the Civic Award to Dianne Fernee. 

Civic Award

Town honours fund raising team with civic award

A civic award was presented to Wymondham couple Jennifer and Jim Cawte at a ceremony held at the Wymondham Dell Bowls Club by the town’s mayor Joe Mooney.

Mr Mooney said “Jennifer and Jim are a great local fund raising team. They have over many years managed to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes and I know that many groups and projects in Wymondham have benefited from their fund raising activities. They are a credit to Wymondham and they are in my view very worthy recipients of this year’s Wymondham Town Council Civic award”.

In May 2016 they set off in their 1983 Morris Ital from Wymondham to John O’Groats, Lands’ End and back to Wymondham. They managed to raise a staggering £4,350 for the new children’s EACH hospice near Norwich. The above is just one small example of how they go about raising funds.

Jennifer and Jim said “We are thrilled and honoured to have received this civic award. Fund raising is something that we both enjoy doing and community service has been a large part of our life since Jim joined the Wymondham Lions Club in 1978”.

L – R   Jim Cawte, Jennifer Cawte and Mayor Joe Mooney.




Les King

Les King Civic Award 2016

Mrs Anita King surrounded by members of her family and close friends receives the award from Mayor Cllr. Joe Mooney at the Wymondham Dell.


This year’s Civic Award has been posthumously awarded to Les King for the contribution that he made to Wymondham life through his involvement with the Regal Cinema, his sporting activities and his charity work.


Eric Thorburn

colin and Eric thorburn

This years recipient of the Civic Award is Eric Thorburn.

Eric Thorburn has been an outstanding servant and champion of Wymondham Heritage Society and the Heritage Museum, serving both with energy, distinction and great success. As a result the local community have had the benefits of an active heritage society and a very successful museum which has been widely praised by visitors and professionals alike. The existence of the museum for over 30 years, has brought thousands of visitors to the town from Norfolk and much farther afield. There are many special features and much to attract children and families. The museum acts as a memory of the local community, providing much knowledge about its history and heritage. This jewel in Wymondham’s crown owes much to the efforts of Eric Thorburn.

Previous Awards

2013            Trevor Brown

2012            Julian Gillett

2011             Roger Kingwell

2010             Janet Smith

2009           Molly Warman & Brenda Ford

2008          Anne & Adrian Hoare

2007          Kate & John Wood

2006         Barry & Frances Sullivan

2005         Fran Young

2004        Horace Wilkinson

2003        Michael Armstrong

2002        John & Barbara Randell

1998         Dr John Gardiner

1992        Jane Martin

1989       John Speakman



Trevor Brown


 trevor brown

This years recipient is Trevor Brown for his tireless work with Wymondham Dementia Group and the Pabulem café. By profession a social worker Trevor is an elder of the united reformed church and a founding member of the Ashcroft project which supports vulnerable females in the community. He is also a trustee of the Wymondham Dementia group and a founding member of the Pabulem Café.

The Mayor was pleased to present the 2014 civic award at her recent reception.

Civic Award for Roger Kingwell



Wymondham Town Mayor, Cllr. Neil Ward was pleased to present Moya

Kingwell with a civic award in memorium to her late husband Roger.

Roger passed away sadly on 29th January 2011 following a brave fight

against cancer. A retired Town Planner and a keen member of the Catholic

Church and Wymondham Lions He was elected President of the club for the

year 2002/03. He was the lead organiser of the club’s big event,

“Dickensian Evening” for many years until 2009. The ongoing success of

this event, so enjoyed by the people of Wymondham, is very much due to

the hard work that he put into its organisation.

Roger was also a keen gardener and helped organise Wymondham's biannual

Open Gardens Event opening his own courtyard garden in Vicar Street.

This event gave pleasure to many and helped raise funds for East

Anglia’s Childrens’ Hospices, a charity particularly close to his heart.

Cllr. Ward commented ' Roger was a true community champion who was

always pleased to help in any way he could and he has been greatly

missed. The Town Council unanimously decided that they wished to mark

his contribution to the life of the Town by making this award to Moya'.

Janet Smith


The Civic Award for 2010 was awarded to Janet Smith The Town Archivist.


2010 Janet Smith

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Wymondham Archive Group the Mayor of Wymondham, Cllr. Colin Foulger, was pleased to present the 2010 Civic Award to Janet Smith to mark here retirement as the Town Archivist.Upon her retirement in 1989 as Wymondham’s librarian Janet was invited by the Town Council to sort out its records and to create an archive which was a natural extension of her previous work in collating information about the Town. The death of local solicitor, Bernard Gledhill, 10 years ago resulted in the family deposing a large quantity of documents and the formal creation of an archive group. Janet is also well known for her work with Wymondham Heritage Society and historical talks that she has given all over Norfolk where she is in great demand. Over 30 friends and colleagues attended the AGM to celebrate the her retirement and to congratulate long serving volunteer Mary Garner who has agreed to become the new Town Archivist.


Adrian & Anne Hoare, both historians, joined Wymondham Heritage Society in 1984 and quickly became involved in it’s museum work with Adrian being elected as the chairman of the Wymondham Heritage Museum committee in 2000, a post he still holds today. Each year Adrian & Anne support each other in arranging a new and varied display at the museum including The Kett exhibition in 1999, the Americans around Wymondham, the Damgate story and History along the Tiffey to mane but a few.

The museum with Adrian & Anne as the driving force ably supported by an enthusiastic band of volunteers had their efforts recognised by winning the Berry Savory Tourism Award in 2001 and they have put in a huge amount of time developing the museum into one of Wymondham and South Norfolks Touristism must visit places.

When presenting the award Town Mayor, Cllr. Len Elston, praised the couple for their dedication and added that “in recognition of their commitment to making the museum a success and their contribution to community life the Town Council were pleased to confer this prestigious award”

Adrian & Anne Hoare receiving their Civic Award from Mayor Cllr. Len Elston at the recent launch of the Museums 2008 displays.