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Some of our Volunteers
Comments about the Queen's
The Queens Award for
Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn
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 groups.
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
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.
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
Our cake that Sue made!
The book that was given to
us along with the Award
talk of the season.
was opened at 2 pm on the 17th February by Julia Gibbs.
is invited. Always Free.
June 2nd, 2016
Look at what
we won in 2016!
Museum Press Release:
Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Spelthorne 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 museum.
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.
and photos HERE
At the 2016 AGM
the following members were elected on to the Committee:
Chair - Julia Gibbs
Vice-Chair - Jackie Browne
Secretary/Editor - Jenny Scripps
Committee - Peter Bailey, Pam Cole, Derick Hallé, Sheila Montague,
Volunteer Representative/Web-master - Gloria Hazell
Museum Mentor - Rowena Ferneley
Curator - Jackie Browne