In 1997 the Town Council introduced the Horwich Civic Award, often called the Horwich Civic Medal. It acknowledges great service, over many years, to the people of the Parish of Horwich in a wide range of ways.
Two recipients received awards in 2001
Honoured by the Town Council for long service to the arts, she has been Chairperson of the Horwich RMI & District Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society since 1995.
In recognition of 25 years outstanding service, the Society awarded her their Silver Medal in 1972. The Company even did their own production of "This is Your Life" based on Olive's many achievements.
Another high point was in 1975 when she was introduced to H.R.H. Princess Anne when she opened Horwich Leisure Centre during a rehearsal for the company's production of The Merry Widow.
Olive celebrated 50 years involvement with amateur operatic productions in 1997 when she was back on stage to take part in her favourite show "Fiddler on the Roof".
A local historian of considerable statute, John Smith was honoured for his invaluable contribution to the preservation of Horwich's rich and varied past.
His knowledge of our local industries and families is extensive and it has proved to be invaluable to the town.
John has been a source of information for several books about Horwich and District, and has been a major contributer for a number of publications by our historical society `Horwich Heritage'.
These have included works about Wilderswood, Bottom O'th Moor and the Ridgway family. He is the proud owner of a vast archive of local photographs, slides, artefacts and documents.
Many organisations have recieved his services as a guide and lecturer and he has taken classes on local history.
If you know of anyone who you think deserves the recognition of their fellow citizens, please make a nomination to the Town Clerk giving the fullest possible details of the nominee. Nominations will remain confidential, but those who nominate the successful recipients will be informed close to the time of the award of the medals.
For more information on previous recipients, choose a year when the awards were made: