1st January 2009
The Bath Chronicle 'People of the Year' awards for 2008 - Loraine wins the 'Bath Chronicle Community Worker Of The Year' section

Our People of the Year
Our People of the Year

The Bath Chronicle has unveiled the winners of their first People of the Year Awards 2008   with Loraine winning in the 'Bath Chronicle Community Worker Of The Year' section and a runner up award in the 'Woman of the Year' section.

by Sam Holliday, Editor of The Bath Chronicle - 1st January 2009

The Bath Chronicle is proud today to unveil the winners of our first People of the Year awards.

They represent our choice of the events, organisations and most important of all, the people, who have made their mark on Bath and the surrounding towns and villages during 2008.

We decided to have our own mini ‘New Year Honours’ because it perfectly fits our philosophy of celebrating the positive aspects of local life and the people who help shape it.

Many newspapers are accused of being too downbeat and too enamoured by bad news – but that is not where the Chronicle sits.

Yes, we have to reflect the serious events in our area – it is our duty to do so – but we also believe in celebrating the positives, and you will find plenty of reasons to cheer in the nominations that follow.

We have no trophies or certificates to give to any of our winners/runners-up – it is not that sort of awards event. This is just our very public way of saying ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to an exceptional group of people who have made 2008 a special year locally.

Our winners and shortlisted runners-up have been chosen by all Chronicle editorial staff members and we hope they provide a real morale boost to everyone selected.

The winners of the two biggest awards – the man and woman of the year – turned out to be almost universal choices. Grenville Jones and Gitte Dawson

We have honoured a host of individuals and organisations. Bath Rugby, Ben Rushgrove, Great Western Wine, Carol Spalding, Nicholas Coombes, Ann Garner, Martin Tracy, Paul Mattausch-Burrows, Dan Biggane and the irrepressible Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst are among those who have earned our accolades this year.

Bath Chronicle Woman of the Year

Winner: Gitte Dawson

The woman who brought the pigs to the city. Gitte was the driving force behind the spectacularly successful King Bladud’s project.

Runner-up included:

Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst

A ubiquitous force for good, Loraine has again played a real part in the day-to-day life of the city.

Bath Chronicle Community Worker Of The Year

Winner: Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst

Loraine is one of the city’s best known and loved ambassadors. As well as having her own business and being involved in politics locally, she works for a myriad of charities and local causes and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for her community. She loves B&NES and has done everything in her power to promote the area locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally. All this with being mother to six children!


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