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Join us in celebrating the heart of Dorking – our wonderful community!

The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrate the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. We are honouring three Dorkinians who have made a significant impact on our community.

Entering is easy.

Nominate yourself or someone who inspires you. Entries close at midnight on 31 October 2023. 

Judging is based on criteria aligned to the awards and is outlined for each category below. All judging will be completed by the middle of November 2023. 

Finalists will be invited to the Very Dorkensian Christmas Festival and award recipients will be announced live on social media and at the event at 3pm on stage.

The Categories

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 as an individual to transform our community into a more sustainable place. We are celebrating the sustainable qualities we see or hope to see in our community. It is important for us to share and champion today, everyday and to mark the coronation of the new monarch. This award aims to celebrate and recognise those who put our planet before profit, who make change happen, the change-makers that champion it, and those who are leading projects or businesses doing things differently to address sustainability issues. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself: 

200-400 words: Sustainability: How do you/this nominee demonstrate their commitment to sustainability? How is this individual leading, or taking steps to lead change in their organisation, business or as an individual to transform our community into a more sustainable place. Please provide examples. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself

Volunteer of the Year

Let’s hear it for the volunteers! We are recognising those who do a bit extra for their local community. Volunteers add value to our local community that is difficult to quantify. Volunteering is not driven by money. It is how we give back, contribute, and help others to make a successful contribution to society at large. Any volunteer can apply for this award. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself: 

200-400 words: Volunteer: How is this person or organisation embodying giving back, contributing, and helping others to make a successful contribution to Dorking and to society at large?

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself

High Street Hero - Best High Street Business

Are you a bricks and mortar, high street business that contributes to the success of Dorking High Street? What actions are you taking to help others, rejuvenate the high street, and help others? You might be a mentor to other businesses, or perhaps you are working to drive footfall to other parts of the high streets. Maybe you reserve a space in your shop for artisans or local businesses without a high street presence. Perhaps you’re encouraging new technologies, going green and helping others to try new approaches. This can be a new business, a start up, a long-standing business – it is all good. You must have a high street shop to qualify. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself: 

200 - 400 words: High Street Hero: We need a hero! Tell us how this business contributes to the success of Dorking High Street. What actions are they taking to lift up others, to support and inspire and help the high street, and to help other businesses? They must be a high street business to qualify.

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself

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Meet the volunteers, sustainability champions and bricks and mortar business owners shortlisted in the Community Spirit Awards

For Immediate Release

18 MARCH 2023: Join the Dorking Business Improvement District (BID) in celebrating the heart of the local community: its people. The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrates the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. Three esteemed judges: Mark Carter, Acting Executive Editor of BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey; Chris Howard, President of the Surrey Hills Society; and Jarmila Yu, Founder and MD of Yunique Marketing Ltd reviewed all of the nominations and selected the following individuals and businesses as finalists who have made a significant impact on the local community.

Judging was based on criteria aligned to the awards and is also provided below and on the BID website. Three winners will be announced on the 8th May at 2pm during The Big Help DorKing Coronation Celebration at the event and on social media. Three winners will receive a ‘Shop Local’ voucher to use on Dorking high street.

Here are the finalists:

Best High Street Business

These are the bricks and mortar businesses that have been shortlisted and are contributing to the success of Dorking High Street. These businesses are helping others, rejuvenating the high street, and supporting each other. They can be a new business, a start up, or a long-standing business. The winner will be announced on 8th May at 2pm at the DorKing Coronation Celebration, and will receive a £100 Shop Local gift voucher, courtesy of Hello Dorking (the Dorking Business Improvement District). 

Jo Sherwood of Anni and Arthurs at the Yard when she received news of the nomination and shortlisting said:

“Thank you so much! To say I’m a finalist, gobsmacked is an understatement but so thrilled. It means the world. 

It’s not quite been a year, yet I feel we’ve come on leaps and bounds with bringing sustainability to the forefront and making it a trendy option. My customers and clients are very much a part of what we do and together we are doing our bit to ultimately help the planet. We have so many more plans for the coming year ahead and can’t wait to do more to include this wonderful community. After all, it's all about helping and supporting each other and I love what I do.”

Basil and Susan Doha of Mullins Coffee Shop said:

"We are delighted to be part of this close knit community and the icing on the cake, is to be nominated for such a prestigious award."

SC Fuller said:

“All of us at S C Fuller are delighted to be nominated as one of the finalists for the Dorking Town Partnership Best High Street Business Awards. We are excited to be celebrating our 131st anniversary in the week of the King’s Coronation.”

Sustainability Champion

The 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. The winner will receive a special gift sponsored by the Born Free Foundation and a £100 Shop Local gift voucher, courtesy of Hello Dorking (the Dorking Business Improvement District). The judges shortlisted the following finalists:

Volunteer of the Year

The BID is recognising those who go the extra mile for their local community. Together we are recognising those who do a bit extra; it is how we give back, contribute, and help others to make a successful contribution to society at large. The winner will receive a £100 Shop Local gift voucher, courtesy of Hello Dorking (the Dorking Business Improvement District). Here are the finalists: 

Simon Edmands, when receiving the news of his nomination, said:

"If ever a whole town could be nominated for an Honour for ‘services to the community’, you need look no further than Dorking… CBE!"

Di Sutherland, said:

"I’ve really loved being Brown Owl for these past 35 years.   It’s always great to see and hear what the young people go on to do when they are older. I’m always really touched when I hear one say ‘“you used to be my brownie leader - I loved being a brownie! “ 
It’s good to know what a positive impact we have had on their lives."

These campaigns aim to recognise the community spirit in Dorking. Winners, highly commended and special mentions will be announced at the DorKing Coronation on 8th May, 2023. 

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Notes to Editors

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

View the BID's Official DorKing Coronation Programme.

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 https://linktr.ee/hellodorking 

Social Media: @hellodorking

Dorking Coronation, 8th May 12-4pm

Join us in celebrating the heart of Dorking – our wonderful community!

The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrate the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. We are honouring three Dorkinians who have made a significant impact on our community.

Entering is easy.

Nominate yourself or someone who inspires you. Entries close at midnight on 26 March 2023. 

Judging is based on criteria aligned to the awards and is outlined for each category below. All judging will be completed in April 2023 and recipients announced over Coronation Weekend.

Finalists will be invited to the DorKing Coronation event and award recipients will be announced live on social media. Each BID Community Spirit Award recipient will receive a voucher to use on our high street and public recognition for their contribution to Dorking.

The Categories

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. We are celebrating the sustainable qualities we see or hope to see in our community. It is important for us to share and champion today, everyday and to mark the coronation of the new monarch. This award aims to celebrate and recognise those who put our planet before profit, who make change happen, the change-makers that champion sustainability, and those who are leading projects or businesses doing things differently to address sustainability issues. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself:

How do you/this nominee demonstrate their commitment to sustainability? How is this individual leading, or taking steps to lead change in their organisation, business or as an individual to transform our community into a more sustainable place? Please provide examples. (200 words max)

Volunteer of the Year

Let’s hear it for the volunteers! We are recognising those who do a bit extra for their local community. Volunteers add value to our local community that can be difficult to quantify. It is how we give back, contribute, and help others to make a successful contribution to society at large. Any volunteer can apply for this award. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself:

How is this person or organisation embodying giving back, contributing, and helping others to make a successful contribution to Dorking and to society at large? (200 words max)

High Street Hero - Best High Street Business

Are you a bricks and mortar business that contributes to the success of Dorking High Street? What actions are you taking to help others, rejuvenate the high street, and help other businesses? You might be a mentor to other businesses, or perhaps you are working to drive footfall to other parts of the high streets. Perhaps you’re encouraging new technologies, going green and helping others to try new approaches. This can be a new business, a start up, a long-standing business – it is all good. 

Nominate someone/Nominate yourself:

We need a hero! Tell us how this business contributes to the success of Dorking High Street. What actions is this business taking to lift up others, to support, inspire and help the high street, and to help other businesses succeed? (200 words max) 

These campaigns will lead up to the King’s Coronation and we will announce the award recipients live on social media over Coronation Weekend. Judges will be announced soon.

Award recipients will receive £100 vouchers to be spent in Dorking (or that amount to be donated to the charity of their choosing).

There is also an official award sponsored by the Royal Voluntary Service, called the Coronation Champion Awards.

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