Basingstoke and Deane Today: Thursday 10th July 2020

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A word from The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor


"So many wonderful people in the borough have gone the extra mile to help others who may be struggling or vulnerable throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


"Whether it was making up and delivering food parcels, collecting medical supplies, being a friendly voice for somebody to chat with on the phone or key workers across the borough who have worked tirelessly to keep services we often take for granted running, our local heroes deserve to be recognised and thanked.


The Big Thank You is a chance for everybody in the borough to recognise volunteers and unsung heroes in their communities and I hope you will join in this opportunity to give them our well-deserved thanks."

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Diane Taylor


Rounded Rectangle: Visit the Big Thank You website




The Basingtoke and Deane Big Thank you - celebrating the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic



This week together with Basingstoke Voluntary Action, Love Basingstoke, Basingstoke Festival and Business in Basingstoke, we've launched the Basingstoke and Deane Big Thank You - giving you the chance to publicly thank an individual, organisation or business for their amazing acts of kindness during COVID-19.


We'd like to hear from residents, groups and businesses about local heroes who have gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic to support vulnerable people in the community, either by volunteering or by carrying out thoughtful and kind deeds.


Everyone recognised will be celebrated during Basingstoke and Deane’s Big Thank You Week, from Monday 10 August to Friday 14 August. Throughout the week of celebration, there will be a spotlight on:


  • unsung heroes on 10 August
  • volunteer organisations, community hubs and community associations on 11 August
  • the business community with two categories – community support and adapting operations on 12 August
  • local artists, art organisations and the heritage sector on 13 August
  • key and essential workers on 14 August.


Nominations are open until Friday 31 July and can be done in a range of ways, including:


  • tweeting @lovebstoke using #thebigBDthankyou
  • online at the Big Thank You Website   
  • calling the council on 01256 844844 or
  • by post to The Big Thank You, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH.


So who would you like to thank? A front line carer? Perhaps a key worker such as your bin crew, delivery team or supermarket staff? Or maybe just a member of your community who has taken time to check up on you. You can find out more about the Big Thank You below. Don't forget to get your nomination in before 31 July!


Rounded Rectangle: Say your big thank you




Young people can play their part too!


Running alongside the Big Thank You, we are also looking for young people who want to use their creative skills to interpret acts of kindness they have witnessed during the coronavirus pandemic.


If the under 18 in your life is a budding artist and has become more creative during lockdown, we'd love to call on their talents to help us with an online celebration of our borough’s heroes.


Submissions on the theme of 'acts of kindness' can be in the form of


♥ Painting ♥ Poetry ♥ Photography ♥ Spoken word ♥ Sculpture ♥

♥ Music ♥ Drawing ♥ Digital art ♥ Video ♥ Dance ♥ Drama ♥


All submissions will be used as part of a digital celebration taking place later this year and will be posted to view on the Big Basingstoke and Deane Thank You website, as a lasting memory.


Schools, youth groups and individuals are encouraged to get involved. Submissions can be made by:

  • email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
  • post to The Big Thank You, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH.                   






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