E. Alan Jacques (1932 – 2011 aka “The Boss”) was a very talented person. His unique character enabled him to achieve high standards and be a very proficient ringer whilst still being able to be approachable and an encouraging member of the community often helping learners and less experienced ringers to progress. After celebrating his life, a donation of £1000 was made to the Guild from collections and family donation. After discussions with his family and the Recruitment & Education (R&E) Committee, this award has been established.
The Award will be given each year to an individual whose presence in his or her tower has proved beneficial to the rest of the band in whatever capacity. This may be a newcomer, but not necessarily a young person. It may not be the best ringer, but someone who has consistency and determination. It is a person who as Alan Jacques would say, "does their best and enjoys the ringing". Alan Jacques was a role model for the new ringer and encouraged all ringers to come and enjoy the ringing community. 'You'll always be welcome in any group of ringers" he would say, and this was an important part of supporting the ringing community.
The Prestigious Award
Each Tower to nominate a person by 31st July by submitting it to the R&E Committee Chairman. The committee will select a winner by 19th September, the anniversary of Alan's birthday. The Award will be announced and presented at the Guild AGM. The Award will be a plaque, on which is written “The Alan Jacques Award” with the winner’s name and date engraved. The recipient will also receive a smaller token as a keepsake commemorating the occasion.
Nominations for 2020
This years award will be presented at the Guild AGM on Saturday 31st October 2020.