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John Nichols Memorial Prize

2nd of March 2006

John Nichols served on Chipperfield Parish Council for 37 years, on Dacorum Borough Council for over 20 years, was elected Mayor of Dacorum in 1987 and became an Honorary Alderman in 1999. He was also a keen local historian and it was largely through years of his determined efforts that we have the Dacorum Heritage Trust with a Museum Store at Berkhamsted with a Museum Curator and assistant.
John died in January 2004 and to provide a memorial to this veritable Chipperfield man, the Parish Council has chosen to initiate memorial prizes to be awarded annually to pupils at St Paul’s School who achieve well in a history topic relevant to the school’s work timetable and to the requirements of the National Curriculum.
The theme of the 2005 challenge was ‘A walk back in time through Chipperfield Village’. Year 5 pupils were presented with a local history resource pack, which according to Miss Mildner, the Deputy Head, was invaluable and provided a real learning opportunity for pupils and teacher.
The children enjoyed the project and put a great deal of effort into presenting their material, thus making judging very difficult indeed. The overall winner was Chantal Rees who, with a number of runners-up, was awarded WHS gift tokens. All the children doing the project received congratulatory certificates and deserve much praise for their efforts.
Cllr Liz Holliday, Chairman of the Parish Council, presented the awards and certificates on Friday 3 February in school assembly. She was accompanied on this special occasion.
Mary Nobbs

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