VOLUNTEERS who were given the highest award a voluntary group can receive have been congratulated by West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper and the Mayor of West Lancashire.
Last week, the Champion revealed that two separate organisations in Parbold, Parbold Douglas Music Society and Parbold Picture House had won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities, is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is otherwise known as the MBE for volunteers.
Parbold Douglas Music Society is a registered charity whose aim is to establish a series of musical events attracting the highest quality of World class musicians providing accessible concerts at Parbold Village Hall. It is in its 46th season and is remarkably successful in attracting audiences to a small rural community from a wide area and artists from all over the world.
The Parbold Picture House also uses the Village Hall to operate a successful high quality community Cinema.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented: “I’d like to congratulate both Parbold Douglas Music Society and Parbold Picture House and their volunteer groups on this fantastic success in being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.
“This award is recognition for the countless hours of time and effort put in by all the volunteers who support the groups in providing these local amenities and social activities for the community of Parbold and beyond. I wish both groups every success as they return to operation later this year following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
“What a great success for West Lancashire in these awards – only nine groups across Lancashire have been recognised and three are from West Lancashire!”
Councillor Gaynar Owen, Mayor of West Lancashire, added: "I am delighted to hear that our local volunteer groups have been recognised for the difference they are making to our communities and our lives. I would like to congratulate them all on receiving the highest award for voluntary service."
Representatives of the groups will receive the award from Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer – subject to coronavirus restrictions. Furthermore, two volunteers from each of the groups will be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.