Leader praises community group after it receives royal approval

Published October 2, 2017 at 10:36

The Leader of Rossendale Council Councillor Alyson Barnes, has praised Civic Pride Rossendale after they were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

Last Wednesday, Civic Pride Rossendale were one of only five groups from Lancashire to be awarded the award, which is known as the MBE for volunteer organisations it is the highest recognition that a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK.

The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO, presented a crystal on behalf of Her Royal Highness to ten of their many volunteers at a ceremony in County Hall, Preston. Chris Blomerley, Chair of the group, reiterated what an honour it was to receive this recognition on behalf of the many volunteers’ past and present who have made it possible.

Civic Pride are holding a Celebrating Community day at Kay Street Methodist Church, Rawtenstall on Saturday 21st 11am to 3pm. You can get more details here: https://www.rossendalenews.org.uk/help-celebrate-rossendale-volunteers/

Councillor Barnes said:

“This is a very well-deserved award. Civic Pride do so much to make Rossendale a better place to live. I want to congratulate all the volunteers for their hard work, and dedication.”

Pictured: Sue Cahill-Richards, Pam Ormerod, Jackie Taylor, Roger Grimshaw, Chris Blomerley, Lord Shuttleworth, Norman McLaren, Helen Thomas, Liz Hoskin, Jan Shutt, Janina Cebertowicz, RAF Cadet


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