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Oxford Times and Kent On Sunday win at Weekly Newspaper Awards

The Oxford Times was named Paid-for Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the Weekly Newspaper Awards.

The judges felt the newspaper was an “unbeatable package” that showed “value for money”. They also noted the publication’s redesign and its circulation.

Kent on Sunday won the Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year category. Judges said the publication was a “fantastic free paper” and a “good all round package”.

Tindle Newspapers’ chairman Sir Ray Tindle’s long press career was acknowledged with the presentation of the Clacksons’ Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Weekly Newspaper Industry.

Sir Ray, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, could not attend the ceremony but sent a letter of acceptance saying he was honoured to receive the award.

The News Guardian, Whitley Bay, also had a good night. The paper won Best Free Weekly Newspaper in North West, North East and Yorkshire and picked up a certificate of Certificate of Merit in the special award Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year. Its photographer Gemma Marriner won Best Photographer from a free weekly newspaper.

Other highlights among the winners from the evening included:

  • Newspaper Community Award (paid-for weekly) – Melton Times
  • Best Supplement (free weekly) – Aberdeen Independent
  • Newspaper Campaigning Award (free weekly) – Yellow Advertiser, Southend
  • Best News Journalist (paid-for weekly) – Laura Sharpe, Accrington Observer
  • Best News Journalist (free weekly) – Craig Lewis, MK News

    David Newell, director of The Newspaper Society, said: “The Weekly Newspaper Awards offer the opportunity to highlight the vibrant and creative work of the UK’s local weekly press. It was good to see the awards so well supported this year with the event selling out in record time.”


    Newspaper Community Award (Paid for weekly newspapers)
    Winner Melton Times

    Highly Commended: Romford Recorder
    Certificate of Certificate of Merit: Weston & Somerset Mercury
    ‘Weston Super Kids Appeal’


    Newspaper Community Award (Free weekly newspapers)
    Winner Sutton Coldfield Observer

    Highly Commended Aberdeen Independent
    ‘Teen Times/Primary Times’
    Certificate of Merit Bromley Extra


    Newspaper campaigning award (Paid for weekly newspapers)
    Winner Rotherham Advertiser
    ‘Save Our Millers’

    Highly Commended Stroud News & Journal
    ‘Hands off our Hospitals’
    Certificate of Merit Maidenhead Advertiser
    ‘The Great Debate Campaign’
    Certificate of Merit North Shropshire Chronicle


    Newspaper campaigning award (Free weekly newspaper)
    Winner Yellow Advertiser, Southend
    ‘Save Thorpe Bay School’

    Highly Commended Formby Champion
    Certificate of Merit Tameside Advertiser
    ‘Save Our Hospital Services’


    Best News Journalist (Paid for weekly newspapers)
    Winner Laura Sharpe, Accrington Observer

    Highly Commended Jeni Harvey, Middleton Guardian
    Highly Commended Peter Devine, Stockport Express
    Certificate of Merit Richard Botley, North Shropshire Chronicle/Shrewsbury Chronicle


    Best News Journalist (Free weekly newspapers)
    Winner Craig Lewis, MK News

    Highly Commended Martin Shaw, The Press, Dewsbury
    Certificate of Merit Donna Marie MacAllister, Southport Champion


    Best Feature Journalist (Paid for weekly newspapers)
    Winner Reg Little, The Oxford Times

    Highly Commended Paul Brackley, Hertfordshire Mercury
    Certificate of Merit Kirsty Parkin, Kentish Express


    Best Feature Journalist (Free weekly newspapers)
    Winner Emily Retter, Sutton Coldfield Observer

    Highly Commended Stephen Exley, Cambridge Crier
    Certificate of Merit Steve Neale, Yellow Advertiser, Southend


    Best Photographer (Paid for weekly newspapers)
    Winner Stephen Garnett, Craven Herald & Pioneer

    Highly Commended Geoff Fletcher, Newbury Weekly News
    Highly Commended Stephen Cobb, West Sussex County Times
    Certificate of Merit Chris Hill, Stockport Express
    Certificate of Merit Gary Louth, Middleton Guardian
    Certificate of Merit Helen Priest-James, Maidenhead Advertiser


    Best Photographer (Free weekly newspapers)
    Winner Gemma Marriner, News Guardian/News Post Leader/Morpeth Herald

    Highly Commended Allan Williamson, Lichfield Mercury
    Certificate of Merit Andrew Lambert, Stockport Times


    Best paid for weekly newspaper in the South East, including Greater London
    Winner The Oxford Times

    Highly Commended Hemel Hempstead Gazette
    Certificate of Merit The Reading Chronicle


    Best free weekly newspaper in the South East, including Greater London
    Winner Kent on Sunday

    Highly Commended The Comet, Hertfordshire
    Highly Commended Borehamwood & Elstree Times


    Best paid for weekly newspaper in Wales and the South West
    Winner Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

    Highly Commended Western Gazette, Somerset & Dorset
    Certificate of Merit Flintshire Chronicle


    Best free weekly newspaper in Wales and the South West
    Winner Bangor & Anglesey Mai)

    Highly Commended Weston & Worle News
    Certificate of Merit Clevedon Mercury


    Best paid for weekly newspaper in the West and East Midlands and Eastern Region
    Winner Tamworth Herald

    Highly Commended Leek Post & Times
    Certificate of Merit Shrewsbury Chronicle


    Best free weekly newspaper in the West and East Midlands and Eastern Region
    Winner Cambs Times

    Highly Commended The Hunts Post
    Certificate of Merit Newmarket Weekly News


    Best paid for weekly newspaper in the North West, North East and Yorkshire
    Winner Chester Chronicle

    Highly Commended The Cumberland News
    Certificate of Merit Bury Times
    Certificate of Merit Macclesfield Express


    Best free weekly newspaper in the North West, North East and Yorkshire
    Winner News Guardian, Whitley Bay

    Highly Commended News Post Leader
    Certificate of Merit The Press, Dewsbury


    Best paid for weekly newspaper in Scotland
    Winner The Southern Reporter

    Highly Commended Dunfermline Press
    Certificate of Merit Wee County News


    Best free weekly newspaper in Scotland
    Winner East Kilbride Mail

    Highly Commended Aberdeen Independent

    Best paid for weekly newspaper in Northern Ireland
    Winner Ulster Herald


    Best free weekly newspaper in Northern Ireland
    Winner South Belfast News


    Special Awards – Paid for weekly newspaper of the year
    Winner The Oxford Times

    Highly Commended Wiltshire Gazette & Herald
    Certificate of Merit The Southern Reporter


    Special Awards – Free weekly newspaper of the year
    Winner Kent on Sunday

    Highly Commended Cambs Times
    Certificate of Merit News Guardian


    Clacksons’ special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Weekly Newspaper Industry

    Winner Sir Ray Tindle CBE DL

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