The very first QAVS reception at the Royal Bath & West Show
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, recognising the work they are carrying out in their communities. The award was created in 2002 to commemorate the the Queen's coronation and is equivalent to an MBE for voluntary groups.
For the very first time the shortlisted groups for both the Somerset and BANES areas were brought together at a reception held in the members tent of the Royal Bath & West Society on the 1st June, the first day of the Royal Bath & West Show. The reception was the brainchild of local JP and Somerset Deputy Lieutenant Jane Sedgeman along with a commitee of other DLs. The Show Society and Somerset Community Foundation supported the initiative by hosting the reception and providing the catering.
Over a glass of bubbly and some canapes the groups were able to chat to each other to discuss their work and the challenges they face in,before Somerset's Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw and Somerset Community Foundation Chairman Jane Barrie made a short speeches congratulating the groups for their positive impact on our communities.
The winners of the 2016 Queens Award for Voluntary Service were announced the very next day on the 2nd of June, and sadly none of the Somerset-based groups were successful. North Somerset's Marlens, the Clevedon Marine Lake Enthusiasts were the only attendees who won an award, so well done to them!