Celebrations for Kepple Lane Park Trustees!

Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2016 Press and Promotional Materials
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 Press Release

All press announcements under strict embargo until 2 June 2016.

Kepple Lane Park Trust, in Garstang recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

A voluntary group from Garstang who works in the community to develop and maintain the town’s community park has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Over the past eight years the Trust has transformed what was the town’s former refuse site into an outstanding facility for all ages to use; whether to play, meet friends or just relax in the sensory garden areas. The area is the first dedicated park for the town and has been well received by both local residents and visitors alike.

Joe Gilmour from Kepple Lane Park Trust attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday the 24th May where he met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Kepple Lane Park Trust is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious 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.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

Kepple Lane Park Trust will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

Chair and a Trustee of Kepple Lane Park Trust, Gordon Harter said the Trustees were “delighted to receive this prestigious Award. There has been a tremendous amount of hard work to get to this stage, and the Trustees appreciate the continuous support given by numerous people that have been involved during this transformation. A real team effort.”

Notes to editors

1. Lord Lieutenants are the monarch’s representatives in their lieutenancy. There are 98
Lord Lieutenants who cover all areas of the UK.

2. 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/

3. 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/

4. 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

Photo copyright L Harter
L to R Trustees
Gordon Harter (Chair), Andrew Brown, (HM Queen) Joan Baptie Joe Gilmour and Annette Brown