I was especially pleased this week to be able to thank a number of sponsors who joined me in the Guildhall for the launch of a really positive new awards scheme called Our Young Stars.

I mentioned this in last week’s blog, and you can be sure you will hear more about it as we build up to the event itself early next year, because it is something I am really proud to be part of.

Our Young Stars Awards will celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people in the region and it has been inspired by a scheme called Bristol’s Young Heroes Awards, organised by Community of Purpose, which I was fortunate to be invited to earlier this year.

I have no doubt that across Bath and North East Somerset there are many courageous young people who have selflessly put themselves forward to make a difference to the lives of others or to achieve great things in the face of adversity or personal challenges.

These awards are about uncovering and recognising their achievements – so we need your nominations.  

I am particularly grateful to our sponsors, Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, IESIS, Bath BID and Southgate who are all backing the awards. Fifteen finalists will be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March. If you know someone who deserves an award please go online at www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars

Congratulations need to go to all those who made Bath blossom this summer and played a part in Bath scooping two gold awards in the South West In Bloom competition.

The Bath In Bloom Committee not only won gold for its small city entry, but was also awarded the Tesco Cup for Best in Category. Bath Business Improvement District (Bath BID) also deserves a mention for winning gold and Best in Category in the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual awards.

Finally, I’d like to share a personal lesson I’ve learned. If you are involved in a road accident, even if it’s not your fault, make sure you follow the law on reporting it to the police. This week, I am sorry to say, has been my first experience of Bath Magistrates’ Court, where on Wednesday I pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident. Earlier this year when driving I was involved in a minor collision with a cyclist. After stopping to check if the cyclist was ok, which he told me he was, and offering help, which he declined, and then going on his way with the others in his group, I was later contacted by the police and told I should have reported the collision.

This has been a lesson to me. Having thought the incident was resolved between the cyclist and myself when it happened, it didn’t occur to me to report it. I was fined £400 with £125 costs and given seven points on my licence. Overall it was a costly but invaluable experience and my advice would be even if you are not at fault, make sure you follow the law on reporting.