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The award winners will be announced at the ATCM Summer School on 21st June

For Immediate Release

8 JUNE 2023: The Dorking Town Partnership has been shortlisted for the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Best Social and Community Contribution Scheme.

The TCMI Awards have always been purpose driven. In addition to recognising the excellent work of ATCM’s members, they also serve to support the dissemination of best practice to other towns and strengthen ATCM’s ability to undertake advocacy with the UK, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Dorking BID has been shortlisted for the the best scheme which does not carry a direct profit motive for the local business community but instead is about supporting a community in some way, possibly working with the third sector, charities or a range of other partners.

Dorking embraced and shared ‘The Big Help Out’ message and empowered non-profits and charities alongside BID levy payers. The aim was to provide businesses and community partners with a space and a voice in one setting, to generate interest in volunteering and also galvanise locals and visitors to join in.

In addition to raising footfall and the profile of the town, the BID saw this as an opportunity to feature what a brilliant place Dorking is to live, visit and enjoy, and also satisfy ‘The Big Help Out’ message.

Together with over 40 community partners, the BID hosted:

Results included:

Here are the top line results:

The BID installed the art competition winners’ artwork on lamp post banners, a large West Street banner, and on posters in shops around town, alongside bunting and flags that were featured on the Dorking high street by local businesses. 

This event was an opportunity to collaborate with the people of Dorking: the business community, volunteer organisations, educational partners and broader audience, and shine a light on all that Dorking has to offer.

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Notes to Editors

Interviews and images are available on request. For more information, please contact Kathy Kyle at or 07377 096 892.

About the Dorking Town Centre Partnership

The Business Improvement District (BID) for Dorking is committed to raising the profile of Dorking and bringing economic prosperity to the town. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at @HelloDorking. Tag us to be featured at #HelloDorking.

Learn more about the Dorking BID at 

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A Message from Kathy Kyle, BID Manager

It is with deep gratitude and humility that I received this letter and wrote a response to Sir Clive Alderton, The Principal Private Secretary to The King and The Queen Consort, on behalf of the Dorking Town Partnership.

A letter from the Principal Private Secretary to His Majesty The King

I am honoured to receive Sir Clive’s congratulations and generous, kind words. It is with great pleasure that I send my most sincere thanks to him for taking the time to recognise our community in this way.

I will happily share his sentiments with our wonderful community, which I am sure will be warmly received.

We look forward to celebrating His Majesty the King not only this weekend, but continuing “The Big Help Out” legacy long after the DorKing Coronation.

Our Coronation event celebrates Dorking: its heritage, culture and community and independent spirit. I hope you will all join me in celebrating our Dorking community on the 8th May. View our Official DorKing Coronation Programme for complete details.

Dorking Town Partnership
156 South Street
Dorking, RH4 2HF

T: 07377 0966892

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