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The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2019

Photos by Barry Gunter

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

presentation on Monday October 14th 2019 at The Windmill

This very precious award was announced in the Queen’s Honours list in June. Chairman Ian Murphy said: We are delighted to announce that PiB has been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary groups). We’re thrilled and honoured to receive it. It's a tribute to all the amazing volunteers, past and present, and to the wider Portishead community for their fantastic support!

It was actually awarded to Portishead in Bloom on Monday October 14th. The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Annie Maw, the Queen’s representative for Somerset, together with her deputy Mr Edward Bayntun–Coward, attended the presentation at The Windmill along with invited guests who have helped and supported us over the years. This award is indeed for everyone who has contributed to the success of Portishead in Bloom since 1996.

The speech made by Mrs Maw reiterated how special this award is and it is certainly a major achievement for Portishead. Somerset has about 50/60 applications each year for this award which are then whittled down to 10 and if 4 are awarded for Somerset they are thrilled. We were told it is getting harder and harder for people to achieve this so we are thrilled to be awarded it.

We received a beautiful, very heavy, crystal award and an amazing framed certificate signed by Her Majesty including flamboyant congratulatory language. The afternoon was celebrated with a glass of bubbly, afternoon tea and a special cake made by Charlotte Halsall.  

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