Herefordshire Groups honoured with Queen's Award

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Herefordshire Groups honoured with Queen's Award

Posted: 06/06/2011 17:40:59

The Queen honours outstanding volunteer groups in Herefordshire with prestigious Award

The Bromyard Light Brigade and Yarpole Community Shop Association from Herefordshire have been announced as two of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.

This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.

The Bromyard Light Brigade has received the Award for the difference they make to the lives of people living in and around Bromyard, an area of severe rural deprivation. Not only do they give joy and civic pride in the very high standard of the Christmas lights but they also bring in much needed trade by attracting visitors. The volunteers who range in age from 14 to 70 also raise funds and through their efforts give pleasure to many people.

Yarpole Community Shop Association has received the Award for their determination and hard work in setting up and manning this community asset. The shop, which includes a Post Office and a coffee shop has created a focus for community life in the village and provides some 30 people with opportunities to volunteer their time, energy and expertise to support this facility. Yarpole Village shop is working hard for the local community and is an excellent example of how determined voluntary action can succeed.

Those receiving this year’s Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.

The Bromyard Light Brigade and Yarpole Community Shop Association will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's representative in Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy office on Wednesday 15th June.

The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.

The Lord-Lieutenant, The Countess of Darnley, said: "Herefordshire put forward eight excellent very strong nominations for the Award recognising the marvellous efforts of voluntary groups in the County. I am delighted at the success of the Bromyard Light Brigade and the Yarpole Village Shop - well done to both of them."

Seven groups from Herefordshire have now received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

For details of all this year’s Award winners and information on how to nominate a group, visit www.direct.gov.uk/qavs, where a nomination form can be downloaded.

In 2012, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year. There will be further announcements on activities to mark the anniversary of the Award in the autumn.

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