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Prestigious Queen’s award presented to Burwarton Show volunteers

Burwarton and District Agricultural Society has been honoured with the highly esteemed Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016, considered the MBE and the highest accolade for voluntary groups.

Chairman of the Show, Mike Bradbury explains what an honour it is to be recognised for the on-going voluntary work.

“The extremely dedicated and committed team of 400 plus people is made up of a combination of committee members, stewards and local supporters young and old, who all make Burwarton Show the award winning success it is every first Thursday in August.

“We’re honoured to be commended with this prestigious award. It’s well deserved as many of the committee and stewards have been involved with the show for well over 20 years, and with 2016 being the 125th year of the show, it’s extremely fitting.

“I was privileged to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May to meet other winners of this year’s award.“

Speaking about why Burwarton Society was nominated, Mike says that the volunteers involved were admired for the on-going work they do for the community in delivering an action packed agricultural show that is true to its roots every year.

“We were delighted when they informed us we’d been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016.

“The award represents a tremendous achievement for Burwarton Show, and is a fitting tribute for everyone who gets involved and makes our show award winning, and still a success 125 years on. Stewards, volunteers and dedicated committee members alike should all be extremely proud of our joint achievement,” he says.

The signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen and an English Crystal with the logo insignia will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire to everyone involved in Burwarton Show at the stewards evening, before show day.

This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is considered the MBE for volunteer groups.

Burwarton and District Agricultural Society is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the admired 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. This is something Burwarton takes very seriously with its commitment to local charities and the community.

“We hope people will support our award winning Burwarton Show on Thursday 4 August for what is set to be a fun-packed, family day out,” concludes Mike.

Issued by: Hannah Lloyd, Committee member, email: Hannah@pinstone.co.uk, mobile: 07855 059803
For all show enquiries please contact: The Show Office, Burwarton, Bridgnorth, WV16 6QJ, phone: 01746 787535, email: info@burwartonshow.co.uk website: www.burwartonshow.co.uk
Date for the next Burwarton Show is Thursday 4 August 2016.
Award information:
This year there were 193 winners of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across the UK. More information on the winners can be found at the London Gazette https://www.thegazette.co.uk/
Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at http://qavs.direct.gov.uk/
Nominations for the 2017 awards close on 16 September 2016 and should be made online via https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview

Queen's Award