West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has congratulated volunteers in the Parbold and Wrightington communities on their receipt of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Two separate organisations in Parbold, Parbold Douglas Music Society and Parbold Picture House are included in the list of just nine recipients of the award from Lancashire.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities, is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is otherwise known as the MBE for volunteers.

Created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Parbold Douglas Music Society is a registered charity whose aim is to establish a series of musical events attracting the highest quality of World class musicians providing accessible concerts at Parbold Village Hall. It is in its 46th season and is remarkably successful in attracting audiences to a small rural community from a wide area and artists from all over the world.

The Parbold Picture House also uses the Village Hall to operate a successful high quality community Cinema.

Wrightington and Wigan Group of Friends for Cancer Research UK has raised £130,000 for Cancer Research (CRUK) since 2010 but its role as a community hub is probably more important, organising regular events that bring the community together.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“I’d like to congratulate both Parbold Douglas Music Society and Parbold Picture House and their volunteer groups on this fantastic success in being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

“This award is recognition for the countless hours of time and effort put in by all the volunteers who support the groups in providing these local amenities and social activities for the community of Parbold and beyond.

“I wish both groups every success as they return to operation later this year following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

“I’d also like to congratulate Wrightington and Wigan Group of Friends for Cancer Research UK on receiving their award for their fundraising but also for the community hub and support they offer in their area.

“And what a great success for West Lancashire in these awards – only nine groups across Lancashire have been recognised and three are from West Lancashire!”

Representatives of the groups will receive the award from Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer – subject to Covid 19 restrictions. Furthermore, two volunteers from each of the groups will be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Lord Shuttleworth commented:
“I am delighted that these groups’ work has been recognised in this way; during our assessment visits we were impressed by their achievements and commitment to their communities.

“I very much hope that we will see more excellent groups nominated for the Award in the future. I know that the people of Lancashire will look at the brilliant and essential work that voluntary groups and charities have been doing and nominate for next year’s awards. The nomination window is now open.” 

  1. Lord Lieutenants represent the monarch in each of the UK’s ceremonial counties.
  2. This year there were 230 recipients of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across the UK. More information on the recipients and the Award can be found at https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service
  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 https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/
  4. Nominations for the 2021 awards close on 25 September 2020.
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