04 Jun Prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
We are extremely proud to confirm that this week it was announced that two organisations in our town Olney have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Olney Rugby Football Club and the Cowper & Newton Museum.
This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities, the Queen’s Award, created in 2002 to celebrate the golden anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups.
We have been Sponsors of Olney RFC for the last 2 years and also support the club volunteering in a number of ways. They have first rugby club to be awarded the prestigious award.
Club President, Tom Salsbury, said: “We are very honored to receive this award which pays tribute to the hard work and commitment of all our volunteers. We have over 150 volunteers active in the club: coaches, first aiders, BBQ teams, bar teams, committees, right through to those who quietly clear up the patio and empty the bins after each busy weekend. Without each and every one of them there would be no club. Once we can reopen, we’ll have a get together with as many of our volunteers as possible to celebrate the award and say a big thank you.”
The Cowper & Newton Museum who were also recipients of this prestigious award, kindly allowed us the use of their beautiful gardens last year for our professional Headshots to be taken. This award comes just 5 weeks after the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Museum in April 1900. They are delighted that the hard work and commitment shown by their many volunteers, has been recognised by this prestigious award.