Vol­un­tary group wins top award

The Oban Times - - News -

A VOL­UN­TARY group from Oban which works in the community to or­gan­ise a 10- day win­ter fes­ti­val each Novem­ber has been hon­oured with the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice.

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 com­mit­tee works closely with lo­cal busi­ness, char­i­ties and schools to put to­gether a pro­gramme of events with some­thing for peo­ple of all ages to en­joy, show­cas­ing lo­cal crafts and skills to vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike, invit­ing them to join in the cel­e­bra­tions while stim­u­lat­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, and boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy at a tra­di­tion­ally quiet time of year.

David Fin­layson, from the Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, will at­tend a gar­den party at Holy­rood on July 5 where he will meet the Queen and other win­ners of this year’s award.

The Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee 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 awards were cre­ated in 2002 to cel­e­brate the Queen’s golden ju­bilee and win­ners are an­nounced each year on June 2 – the an­niver­sary of the Queen’s coro­na­tion.

The Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee will re­ceive the award from the Lord Lieu­tenant of Ar­gyll and Bute later this sum­mer.

The Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Com­mit­tee chair­man, 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.’

The Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee said it is de­lighted and hon­oured to re­ceive this award on be­half of all the vol­un­teers, busi­nesses, char­i­ties and groups who con­trib­ute to the event in many dif­fer­ent ways.

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