The NALC Star Council Awards are a fantastic opportunity for local councils, councillors, clerks and county associations to showcase how they have made a positive difference locally. They are the only awards in England to recognise the contribution local councils make to their communities.

This year, the theme of the awards is around how local councils have engaged with their communities and made a positive impact on them. We received over 120 nominations to the awards this year and would like to thank everyone who participated.

Being a Star Council Awards winner not only gives local councils national recognition for the services they have provided to their community but also allows them to share their expertise with their peers. Winners will be announced at awards dinner at the Annual Conference, taking place on 30 October 2018 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.


Council of the Year:

  • Cogenhoe and Whiston Parish Council (Northamptonshire)
  • Northwich Town Council (Cheshire)
  • Watchet Town Council (Somerset)

Councillor of the Year:

  • Cllr Jon Hale (Odiham Parish Council, Hampshire)
  • Cllr Judy Westacott (Totnes Town Council, Devon) 
  • Cllr Nick Penny (Coleford Town Council, Gloucestershire)

Young Councillor of the Year:

  • Cllr Gregah Roughead (Berwick upon Tweed Town Council, Northumberland)
  • Cllr Melissa Boyden (Asfordby Parish Council, Leicestershire)
  • Cllr Sam Kenward (Beccles Town Council, Suffolk)

County Association Project of the Year:

  • Essex Association of Local Councils
  • Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils
  • Sussex Associations of Local Councils

Clerk of the Year:

  • Dena Ludford (Thaxted Parish Council, Essex)
  • Jayne Cooper (Gnosall Parish Council, Staffordshire)
  • Rebecca Hill (Settle Town Council, Yorkshire)


To give you more of a say on who wins awards, this year, the Council of the Year category will be decided by a public vote. Deadline for voting is 12 October.

The nominations are:

  • Cogenhoe and Whiston Parish Council (Northamptonshire)
  • Northwich Town Council (Cheshire)
  • Watchet Town Council (Somerset)

Read supporting statements and cast your vote