TWO groups based in the same village in West Lancashire have received their awards from the Queen for volunteer work.
The highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is considered the MBE for volunteer groups, has been presented to Parbold Douglas Music Lancashire and Parbold Picture House in recognition of their outstanding work in the local community.
The awards are normally presented at a ceremony, but in light of the new restrictions imposed by government, the awards were given at an empty auditorium of Parbold Village Hall.
Both groups rely on volunteers to run every aspect of organising and presenting concerts and films to audiences from across the North West.
Whilst both are based at Parbold Village Hall, the two groups operate independently of each other, and each has received a separate award. Both have helped develop the hall’s activities by helping to secure many substantial grants and have transformed it into one of the finest venues in the region.
Clare Gillard, Recorder for Parbold Picture House and Treasurer of Parbold Douglas Music and Michael Bonsall, Chairman of Parbold Douglas Music and Convener of the Picture House Film Crew said: “We are very proud of our volunteers and the marvellous positive spirit and commitment with which they work, solve problems and coordinate their efforts.
“We think it is highly extraordinary for two awards to be made independently to groups working in the same venue. We have known for some time that our volunteers are exceptional people. Volunteers are always welcome and immediately feel at home in the comradeship that has been built up. The audiences are very appreciative of the positive contribution our volunteers make to their lives.”