The search is on for the first ever Pendlebury Award recipient
A search is underway to find the worthy recipient of a new award that celebrates an individual’s contribution to the conservation and culture of the North Pennines. Nominations are invited for the Pendlebury Award by noon on 20th May 2013.
The Pendlebury Award
The Pendlebury Award is named after Bob Pendlebury OBE, a man who not only loved exploring the wilds of the North Pennines but one who also worked tirelessly to look after and promote its unique and stunning landscape.
Bob was the first-ever chair of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and following his death last year, the Partnership team decided to create the award in recognition of all of his hard work.
Paying tribute to a remarkable man
Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership, said: “What we hope we can do with this award is to pay tribute to a remarkable man who gave up countless hours to look after the area he loved, while also thanking those people who are following in Bob’s footsteps by ensuring the North Pennines remains such a wonderful place to live and work in or visit.”
The award will go to somebody who has made a significant contribution to looking after and protecting the area’s natural beauty, from its flora and fauna through to its geology and heritage. Or to someone who acts as a champion for the North Pennines, to either their local community or to visitors.
People can nominate someone who they feel deserves to be the first winner of The Pendlebury Award, or they can put themselves forward.
The award will be presented by Bob’s daughter, Joy Thompson, at the North Pennines AONB Partnership Annual Forum on June, 7 – which will also mark the 25th anniversary of the North Pennines being designated as an AONB.
Joy, who has been involved in the award since its inception, said: “It’s lovely to see Dad remembered in this way and although he was very humble about the work he did, I’m sure he would have been very, very proud to have an award named after him.
Plenty of worthy winners
“I hope we get to hear about the people who work so hard to make the North Pennines the place it is. I know there are plenty of worthy people out there, we just want someone to tell us about them so we can say thank you.”
As well as being the Partnership’s first-ever Chair – a role which he carried out until May 2008 – Bob was also actively involved in a host of other organisations in the area including the Crook and Weardale Ramblers’ Association Group, Durham Wildlife Trust, Northumbria Tourism, Friends of Killhope, The North Pennines Tourism Partnership, the Royal British Legion, Crook and District Music Society, Crook Labour Party and the YHA.
Anyone can nominate an individual for the award (including self-nomination). There is no advantage in multiple nominations for the same individual.
Entries MUST be received on the official nomination form by the North Pennines AONB Partnership Staff Unit no later than noon on 20 May 2013.
FAO: Shane Harris, North Pennines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL13 2UY. Nominations can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Word file version of the nomination form is also available from the AONB Partnership.
Ballot of AONB Partnership members
The recipient of The Pendlebury Award will be decided through a ballot of the members of the North Pennines AONB Partnership. The award will be an annual event and this year’s winner will be invited to next year’s forum to pass it on to the next winner.
For additional information and guidance please contact Shane Harris (Tourism & Communications Manager) or Simon Wilson (Project Development Officer) on 01388 528801 or email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Released: 25 April 2013