St George's Hall receives highest voluntary honour

Volunteers at St George's Published Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Sometimes the biggest compliment you can receive is someone simply saying thank you for the work you do and the contribution you make to others.

There is no bigger thank you to receive as a volunteer than a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This year, a group of volunteers for St George’s Hall in Bewdley has been chosen to receive the highest voluntary honour in the UK.

As Volunteer Week for 2020 continues, the County Council would like to congratulate the group, who are proudly flying the flag for Worcestershire and thank all other volunteers across the county for the fantastic work they continue to do and the positive impact it has on others.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “It is wonderful to see Worcestershire being represented in the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and the group at St George’s Hall are fully deserving of this incredible honour.

The work they have done to help improve the lives of so many members of the local community is fantastic. The annual volunteer week gives us an opportunity to shine a light on all of the county’s volunteers, and the fantastic contributions they make. The success of the Here 2 Help scheme in recent times, has shown what a caring county we are, no matter what times we are in, and I couldn’t be prouder.” 

The group at St George’s now has over 100 volunteers, and without them, St George’s Hall would not have become the real pillar of the local community it has today.

Jenny Paddock, Trustee at St George’s Hall, said: “It is truly humbling that the St George’s Hall volunteers have been awarded this highly prestigious honour. It is no more than our amazing group of volunteers deserve.

Without their hard work and dedication, the hall would not have become the real communal hub, it has today, and it still continues to grow. The events we put on have been a real stepping stone to help some local youngsters to progress their futures, and it is wonderful to see them return and share their achievements.”

Since the Hall re-opened after an extensive refurbishment in August 2013, the Hall has continued to grow and host many regular events and projects, giving opportunities to those of all ages, to improve their day-to-day life.

For some, this can be sharing the stage with a local professional artist at one of their regular live music events, whereas for others, it can simply be the chance to step out the front door, and have a cup of tea and a chat at the community café. 

The community café opened its doors 6 days a week before lockdown, and there is regular entertainment in the hall for locals to enjoy.

This ranges from a Thursday night cinema, ballroom dancing classes and annual shows to monthly film clubs and music events, which often showcase the talent the town’s youngsters have to offer. 

Representatives of St George’s Hall will receive the award from, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, later this summer and when it is safe to do so.

Furthermore, two volunteers from the group will attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other national recipients of this year’s Award.