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Suraiya Sheikh, who attends St Nicolas Junior School, is the winner of the Newbury Town Council Civic Awards Pin Badge Competition.

The competition was launched to find a winning design for a pin badge to be used as the award to recipients of the new Community Champions award category. The Community Champions Award is a one-off award as part of the Town Council’s Civic Awards scheme to celebrate the achievement of those who have given back to the local community in direct response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Upon finding out her design was the winner, 8-year-old Suraiya said, “I am really pleased and excited to have won the competition because I really like drawing and arts and crafts. When I’m not doing art, I enjoy dancing, gardening on our allotment and going cycling around Newbury. During lockdown I have also been able to spend more time playing with my younger sister Hana and little brother Raafi. I believe that in this bad time we can work together and keep Newbury happy and safe and that everyone who wears the badge will try and do that”.

All nominees of this award category will be recognised as a Newbury Town Community Champion by receiving this special pin badge for their services to the town and residents throughout the Covid pandemic. 

Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe, The Mayor of Newbury said, “There were many creative ideas submitted for the competition, but we were particularly impressed with Suraiya’s design. We felt it met the brief of reflecting the community spirit of Newbury and reminded us of when we all came together in the Summer months, clapping on our doorsteps in the early stages of the first lockdown”.

The Newbury Town Civic Awards is hosted annually, celebrating the voluntary efforts of the unsung heroes who have made a difference to the town. Nominations are currently open and close on Sunday 28 February 2021.

For more information, and to nominate someone for the Civic Awards, please visit www.newbury.gov.uk/the-council/civic-office/civic-awards/ where you can submit your nomination electronically or download a nomination form. Nomination forms are also available to be posted upon request.

The Awards ceremony will be held in a virtual capacity on the 17 March 2021.


Elisa Adams, Civic Manager, elisa.adams@newbury.gov.uk 01635 780203

Winning Design:

Winning Pin Badge Design