Happening in Spelthorne Museum 2017
at what we won in 2016!
Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been recognised with the Queens
Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
The volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with the
Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary
group can receive in the UK.
Spelthorne Museum was founded in Staines in 1980, and since then the
volunteers have run the museum themselves, with financial support from
Spelthorne Borough Council. Approximately 40 people are involved, the
longest-serving having been involved since the museum opened 36 years
ago. Besides staffing the museum, the volunteers plan and mount exhibitions,
both at the museum and at external events, run family friendly events
in the museum, provide an educational service to local schools, host
visits from community groups, publish books on local heritage, and answer
queries from the public. A Young Archaeologists Club also meets at the
Nick and Sue Pollard from the Spelthorne Museum Volunteers were invited
to represent the group at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 19th
May, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh,
the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Nick and Sue Pollard at Buckingham Palace
Spelthorne Museum Volunteers are one of 193 charities, social enterprises
and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The
number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last
year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative
ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given
to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work
in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the
Queens Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2
June the anniversary of the Queens Coronation.
The Spelthorne Museum Volunteers will receive the crystal award from
the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former
broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups
who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queens
Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this years
awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in
their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best
of democracy in action.
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
I would like to congratulate all groups who received this years
Queens Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic
achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations
put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and
motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue
to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that
we can continue to build a more compassionate society.
Roberto Tambini, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council, said:
“I was pleased to be able to nominate Spelthorne Museum for this award as I wanted the volunteers to be recognised and thanked for the fantastic work
they do here in the Borough. The Museum is extremely well run and thousands of visitors have benefited from the knowledge and passion for local history
shown by the volunteers who work there. Many congratulations to everyone who has helped over the years, this is very well deserved.”
Julia Gibbs, Chair of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group
which runs Spelthorne Museum, said:
We are tremendously proud to have been honoured in this way.
Its a real recognition of the countless hours of unpaid work that
have been put in by our volunteers over the last 36 years. We are very
much focused on sharing the history and archaeology of the Borough of
Spelthorne, and we hope that members of the community will feel inspired
to join us and carry on this fascinating and worthwhile work
Museum Needs Volunteers
Can you spare 2-3 hours a month?
call 01784 461804
receive a monthly newletter called 'Treasures' (previously
Volnatters) to keep them up-to-date with what is
happening at the museum.
of our Volunteers
2nd 2016: Our wonderful Volunteers just won the
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, for up to 36
years of dedication to the Spelthorne Museum.
you join us?
Out of hours group visits to the Museum can be arranged.
Also members can visit your group to give illustrated
talks on various local history subjects.
See 'Education' for
Archaeology and Local History Group
are the trustees of Spelthorne Museum. By becoming
a member you can enjoy previews of museum exhibitions,
social events and have the opportunity to help in
the work of the museum.
winter months there are talks on archaeological
or social history items. A quarterly newsletter
keeps members up to date.
of SALHG receive a quarterly magazine called 'The
Museum' which contains museum news, forthcoming
events and articles written by members.
SALHG Committee for 2017
Back row left to right: Rowena (SPARKS), Sheila,
Sue, Christine (SPARCS) Pam, Inna
Front row right to left: Jenny, Peter, Julia (Chair),
Nick, Jackie (Curator)
Missing from photo Derick, Gloria (Vol Co-ordinator/