Annual Awards

Our John Robert Clough Awards remember a former chairman of Dronfield Civic Society and recognise those who make a significant contribution to improving aspects of the town.

These awards were introduced in 2012 and examples of activities and projects which could qualify for this award include:

  • A new building

  • The restoration of an old building or feature

  • Improvements in the local street scene

  • The removal or improvement of unattractive areas

  • Environmental work to enhance the town

2019 Award Winners

This year, because we had such a variety of nominations for our John Robert Clough Awards, we felt it wouldn’t be appropriate to choose an overall winner.

There were six winners, so in no particular order, here are the results:

The Dronfield Green Belt Residents’ Group received an award for the Environment and Community Project of the year.   Co-ordinated by Dr L Gadsden, the award recognises the hard work of members of the group who helped residents engage with the challenging planning process with the result that one area of Green Belt has been saved from development and another reduced in size.

The Dronfield Christmas Tree Festival, held in the Parish Church was a first for the town.  It won an award for an Exceptional and Spectacular Community Event which attracted more than 3000 visitors.

The volunteer Barn Gardeners received an award for another Exceptional Community Project and for their year round dedication whatever the weather in creating a beautiful space in the centre of town.  The Gardeners also fundraise for future garden projects and planting.

Elm Tree Farm won an award for best new build of the year, in sympathy with its surroundings, in the tiny hamlet of Summerley.  The house occupies the site of the former Elm Tree Farm which was empty and derelict for a number of years.

Edward’s Barbershop at the top end of Dronfield Bottom won an award for its unique interior created by the barber himself.  It is environmentally friendly being made out of recycled pieces of wood and is a particularly quirky feature of the interior of the shop.

The Royal Oak at Millthorpe won an award for the revitalisation and renovation of this tiny country inn.  The new owners have not only transformed the interior with interesting country features, but also offer a locally sourced menu including Sunday lunches.

You can use the slider above to see images of recent and previous winners. Click the info symbol to read about each of those featured.

Click the button below to nominate someone to receive an award for 2020. You can do so from the 1st of January 2020 until March.