Members of Aldbourne’s award winning Youth Council had double cause to throw a celebration party on Monday.
Not only has the council reached the finals of the prestigious Philip Lawrence Award for the second time, but their teenage treasurer Josh Brown has just been honoured for his endeavour.
In 2006 youth council members travelled to London for the finals of the Philip Lawrence Award, which they won. They received their prize from newsreader Trevor McDonald in recognition for their work in setting up their own BMX track in the village.
Now the youth group has been named again as regional finalist in the awards for the internet cafe it has set up in a redundant part of the village toilets, which runs under the name of the CAN.
Members will journey to the Princess Anne Theatre in Piccadilly on December 7 to see if they can repeat the success and become the first youth group in the country to win a second award, named after headteacher Philip Lawrence, who was killed 14 years ago trying to protect his students.
Council chairman Matt Gibbs, 19, said this week: “It is a great achievement to reach the finals for a second time.”
He said the CAN provided computer facilities and tuition for people aged eight to 80.
One of the Youth Council’s adult trustees, Hazel Keen, said: “The secret of the success of the CAN is that there are young and old people mixing together and that is what this year’s nomination for the award finals recognises.”
Meanwhile the council’s 14-year-old treasurer, Josh Brown, has won a county award, the Robbie Brown Endeavour Award from Youth Action Wiltshire and Community First.
St John’s School student Josh not only keeps the council’s books in order, he comes up with fundraising ideas and keeps a tally on tuck shop sales.
Mrs Keen said the award was well deserved. She said: “We need more Joshes in this world helping in their communities.”