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Congratulations Community Spirit Award Winners

10 May 2023

On Monday, 8th May at the DorKing Coronation's The Big Help Out, the Dorking BID Community Spirit Awards were held at South Street Gardens. Listen to the BBC Surrey on the ground coverage of the day here.

The town was joined by a variety of dignitaries, from:

  • MP Sir Paul Beresford
  • Councillor Paul Potter, Chairman of Mole Valley District Council
  • Councillors Stephen Cooksey and Margaret Cooksey
  • BID Board Chairman Andrew Fuller
  • Sustainability Champion Sponsor from Born Free, Carina Hibbitt

The Community Spirit Awards Judges were also present:

  • Mark Carter, Acting Executive Editor of BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey
  • Chris Howard, President - Surrey Hills Society
  • Jarmila Yu, Founder and MD - Yunique Marketing Ltd

The BID was thrilled to welcome locals and visitors our town. There was an estimated 5,000 people in Dorking on the day. The Dorking Coronation is a celebration of Dorking’s heritage, culture and spirit. The goal of the event was to shine a light on Dorking, and bring people together to create a legacy for the town, whether that’s supporting bricks and mortar high street businesses, collaborating with artists and other local businesses, to starting a new sustainable practice, or volunteering in the community.    

Meet the art competition award winners

The BID asked local artists to brighten up the town with their original artwork, sharing their interpretation of what makes Dorking unique and what they love about the place. The BID held an art competition to feature Dorking’s creativity and spirit. 29 local artists shared their work and over 1,750 votes were cast.

Take a tour of the town and view the banners at the entrances of town, a banner on West Street and in high street shops


  • 1st Faith Conway-Dickens
  • 2nd Tiffany Budd
  • 3rd Sarajane

Highly Commended:

  • Lucy Rose
  • Kelly, Sienna and Riley Morgan

The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrate the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. The BID has aligned the DorKing Coronation event with the King’s ethos of service to others and his support of sustainability, volunteerism and local business.

The BID is also honouring three Dorkinians who have made a significant impact on our community. The BID received over 60 nominations from the community in three areas: sustainability, volunteerism and best bricks and mortar business. Award recipients will receive £100 vouchers to be spent in Dorking. The sustainability hero or shero is also receiving a specially sponsored award from Born Free.

Best High Street Business

The best bricks and mortar business that contributes to the success of Dorking High Street.

Anni and Arthurs at the Yard / Jo Sherwood

Holmestores / Louise Holme

Mullins Coffee Shop / Basil and Susan Doha - WINNER

SC Fuller / Andrew Fuller and Liz Fuller - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sustainability Champion

Our sustainability champion can be any individual who is leading, or who is taking steps to lead change in their organisation, business or in society to transform our community into a more sustainable place.

Clare Davies

Lainey Hanson

Holmestores / Louise Holme - WINNER

Kirsten Johnson - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Alwen South

Pat Smith

Powell Corderoy Primary School Council - SPECIAL MENTION

Amanda Wheatland

Volunteer of the Year - We are recognising those who do a bit extra for their local community.


Clare Davies - WINNER

Simon Edmands

Jacqui Hamlin



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