Knutsford Heritage Centre Manager Val Bryant is ‘still on Cloud 9’ after a royal accolade for the Centre, which has won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Award was created in 2002 to recognise excellence in voluntary activities by community groups. The award will be formally presented to Val and the Volunteers later this summer.
Centre Archivist Vivien Hainsworth and Centre Administrator Jan McCappin (pictured) attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in early June for those organisations who have made a positive impact in their community.
The team at the Heritage Centre earned the admiration of the Committee which assessed the Award Nominees.
“I am so thrilled to hear that we have won this award,” said Val, who is also a Centre Trustee. It’s a great achievement for the Centre and for the people of Knutsford, and I am still on Cloud 9 at the news. The timing of this award is particularly pertinent, coming as it does in National Volunteers’ Week, when we have an opportunity to celebrate with our wonderful volunteers.
The award shows how important the work we do at the Heritage Centre is for the town and our wider audience. It is the biggest award we have ever been granted, and it will help greatly to raise our profile."
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service team told the Heritage Centre: “This award was created by the Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is an MBE for volunteer groups.
“The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent assessment committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE. This award represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this award represents.”