Unsung Hero Award

Buntingford’s Unsung Hero

Buntingford Community Person of the Year Award

Sponsored by Buntingford Town Council, Buntingford Chamber of Commerce and Buntingford Civic Society

This new award is to acknowledge and give recognition to local people who have made a significant, voluntary, positive contribution to the Buntingford community. If you know of someone who you believe merits such an award then please do nominate them. There will be 2 awards each year – one for those 20 years or older and another for those 19 years or under. The awards will be presented by the Buntingford Town Mayor at the Annual Lights of Love Ceremony on the last Friday in November.

Hard copy nomination forms are available from The Manor House and from various outlets around the Town, or you can use our online form below. Nominations can be made from 1st June.

The closing date for receiving nominations is 1st November 2021.


Roll of Honour

Year19 years old or under20 years old or over
2021Poppy, Mylo, Felix & Willow Saynor Kevin Power
2020Bronwyn Evans Karen Lavers
2019Alfie Perryman & Bronwyn Evans Jo McNamara

2021 Awards

Poppy, Mylo, Felix & Willow Saynor

Poppy, Mylo, Felix & Willow Saynor

Kevin Power

Kevin Power

2020 Awards

The Community Person of the Year awards were presented on 1 December at the Council chambers. For obvious reasons the presentation to Karen Lavers and Bronwyn Evans were socially distanced. The Town Mayor, Councillor Graham Waite,  presented the awards and had this to say:-

“Welcome to Karen and Bronwyn for our award ceremony for the Buntingford Community Person of the Year.

It is such a shame that the pandemic means that we cannot present these awards as we did last year at the Lights of Love ceremony and that more people will not be able to share this with us.

However the awards are just as valid and the people of Buntingford have voted in your favour because of the tremendous and invaluable work of the Buntingford Food bank. Your untiring efforts are a credit to you both and I am sure that the many families that you help would love to be here to thank you personally.

On their behalf the Buntingford Civic Society, the Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council and the people of Buntingford and the surrounding villages are delighted to present you with these awards and offer their utmost thanks and respect for all that you do for the community.”

Karen Lavers, set up and runs the Buntingford Food Bank – currently delivering food parcels to people’s homes whilst people can’t get out.  In November she delivered 60 food parcels (last November – 15).  Karen also initiated the Walk-in Market and lock-down bear hunts during this year of Covid.  The Under 20s Award goes to Bronwyn Evans, age 12, who helps her Mum at the Food Bank and keeps all the records. Bronwyn gives her pocket money to charities, including to the homeless.  Both are a credit to Buntingford.

Unsung Heros 2020 Winners - Karen Lavers and Bronwyn Evans

2019 Awards

The Over 20 Unsung Hero Award went to Jo McNamara for her years of running the local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.  The Under-20 Unsung Hero Award went jointly to Alfie Perryman (10) and Bronwyn Evans (11).  Alfie raised a considerable amount of money for a school friend in need; Bronwyn helped every week at the Food Bank.