Town shows off talent at its annual award shows

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TALENT awards have been handed out to high-achieving townspeople.

Ashlyns School’s deputy head boy Sam Sommerfeld, 17, was given a Berkhamsted Bulbourne Rotary Club Centenary Civic Award for 2011.

Sam set up Berko’s Big Band in the summer of 2009 aged just 15.

The 40-piece youth orchestra and choir has drummers, guitarists, keyboard players and traditional string, brass and woodwind sections.

Sam’s last big concert with the band before standing down as its leader will be on Friday, May 6, from 7.30pm at his Chesham Road school in Berkhamsted. Tickets are £5 and can be bought on the door.

Sam, said: “Bring your own drinks and nibbles. We want to go out with a bang.”

A second Civic Award handed out during the annual general meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council on Thursday, May 7, went to Bob Millard.

Bob, from Sunnyside Rural Trust, was recognised for reopening once-derelict Northchurch allotments and setting up a shop to sell its produce.

At a Berkhamsted Chamber of Commerce meeting last Wednesday, jewellery firm Bailey & Sons was given £500 and the Berkhamsted Business Award for 2011.

Nigel Hewitt took the award, from the group and Lloyds TSB, on behalf of his Lower Kings Road firm, which has been in the town since 1872.

He said: “We have tried so hard to help the people of Berkhamsted over the years and give the people that old-fashioned service that they want.”