Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Official Presentation Ceremony

18th August 2016

The Stalham & Smallburgh First Responder Group had a very special afternoon at the official presentation of their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The group received news of their award at the beginning of June. North Norfolk District Council hosted the ceremony at a packed New Victory Hall in Neatishead and the presentation was carried out by the Queen's representative in Norfolk, Richard Jewson JP, MA, DCL, HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, who praised the work of the group and of all voluntary organisations in Norfolk.
Among the guests were High Sheriff, Major General Sir William Cubitt KCVO CBE; North Norfolk MP, Norman Lamb and Civic Leaders. The citation was read by Deputy Lieutenant Paddy Seligman OBE JP DL and the award was accepted on behalf of the group by Mervyn Hardingham and Linda Darby.
Dr. Tim Thirst gave an acceptance speech on behalf of the group. This year two new members had passed their training and assessments and he thanked local councils, community groups and individuals who had helped raise the funds for their equipment. He explained that the group is currently training four new members to join in the next six months and has to raise 2000 to fund equipment for each one.
After the official ceremony was over, members and guests were treated to celebratory cake and drinks.
The group would like to thank those who nominated them and the Deputy Lieutenants who led the assessment process and advised the Lord Lieutenant.

Mervyn Hardingham and Linda Darby accepting the award from the Lord Lieutenant.


Members of the group and guests after the official presentation.

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