AN outstanding new building project and the work of a resident’s association chairman were recognised at the annual Trowbridge Civic Awards on Saturday March 14.

Devizes building company Gaiger Brothers were awarded the Trowbridge Enhancement Award for the development of St George’s Works at the Civic Dinner presentations.

Philip Emery, on behalf of Gaiger Brothers, was presented with the Town Enhancement Award by Trowbridge Mayor Cllr David Cavill.

Cllr Cavill said: "A panel of judges from various organisations with an interest of developments and heritage of Trowbridge review the projects nominated judging on how they have enhanced the town.

"St George's Works with its outlook on Trowbridge Park has provided opportunities for modern urban living by developing an historic building within the challenges of a conservation area providing another focal point in our country town.”

Cllr Cavill, who only joined the council three years ago, said he has come to recognise the enormous extent of the community spirit within the town.

He explained that many individuals make valuable contributions to their individual communities as he proceeded with the presentation of the Civic Awards.

He said: “This year’s Civic Award winner is one such person a true champion of their community and a shining example.”

He presented James ‘mac’ McDonald with the Trowbridge Civic Award for his tireless efforts as chairman of Longmeadow Tenants and Residents Association.

For James, the award was unexpected. He said: “I was sent a ticket for the Civic Dinner and I didn’t know why. Now I know. It’s a great privilege to be recognised for my work at the Longmeadow T&RA."

"I have been the chairman for 12 years and enjoy organising events such as bingo nights, youth club and the production of the community newsletter across the estate.

An auction for the mayor's charity raised more than £700 for Ruksak45218, a project to reduce childhood poverty.

Ruksak45218 provides youngsters from five to 18 with basic essentials.

It enables children’s education to flourish without families having to worry about basic essentials such as bedding, clothing and toiletries.