Certificate of Merit Award 2023  

The nominee must live or be involved in groups within the Ripley Township. 
No sitting Councillor may nominate or be nominated. 
Deadline for applications: 1st October 2023 
The winner will be notified at the end of October 2023.  
They will receive their award at the Mayor's Civic Service on Sunday 19th November 2023 at 3pm. 
Or request a form by calling 01773 513456 or emailing deputyclerk@ripleytowncouncil.gov.uk 

Below are previous Certificate of Merit Award winners 

2018 Jean Fardoe 

Mrs. Fardoe was nominated for the award by her sister for her dedication and commitment over the past 30 years to charitable work and volunteering in her local community. Since 1986, Mrs. Fardoe has organised annual garden parties at her home in Heage for her family, friends and the local community, to raise money for Action Medical Research. Over the years she has raised over £133,000 for the charity. 

2019 Alan Carter 

Ripley resident, Alan Carter won the Ripley Town Council 2019 Certificate of Merit Award for his long service, support, and contribution to Neighbourhood Watch – North Division Derbyshire. 
Alan began volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch back in 1989. Cate Wain, who nominated Alan for the award said, ‘Alan has a sense of great pride in living in Ripley and that pride is infectious. He is truly inspirational and now holds the position of Chair of North Division Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch’. 

2020 Mary Foster 

Mary has dedicated several years to volunteering with The Friends of Ripley Greenway (FoRG) group, where she organises events and fundraising activities. 
FoRG does a wonderful job of upkeeping Ripley Greenway which runs for two miles from Marehay to Butterley Hill in Ripley. They plant bulbs, maintain paths, hold regular litter picks and generally work hard to ensure it is a lovely green space for our community to enjoy. 

2021 Martine Roebuck 

Martine is part of the leadership team with Ripley Rogue Runners, a fun, sociable running group based in our town who welcome runners of all abilities and provide a supportive environment for all. They are especially seeking to improve the physical and mental health outlooks for people in the Ripley area. 
Martine’s nominee said, ‘Martine is a fabulously caring person. She has overcome a number of physical and mental challenges in her life, but always makes time for others. She is an excellent motivator and frequently shows her empathetic side in supporting lots of different people. She has a passion for improving everyone's mental health and is the club's mental health ambassador, a role which advises on a wide range of issues. 

2022 Cheryl Roulston 

Nether Heage resident, Cheryl was nominated by her friend and fellow volunteer Michelle, for all the dedication she gives by volunteering in her local community of Nether Heage. 
Michelle wrote: 
‘I would like to nominate Cheryl for her tireless work and enthusiasm in our community. Her passion for all our villagers is exemplary. Organising events and the preparation of these, as well as working hard on the day, keeping our village funds in order and applying for local grants that benefit our community, running the community and neighbourhood watch Facebook page (even when she’s not in the country and on holiday!), putting herself out for others like shopping for elderly neighbours over the Covid lockdowns. 

2023 TBC 

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