Plau­dits for vol­un­teer Marg

Dunolly and District Field & Game stal­wart Marg Davies has been recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to the branch.

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Marg Davies is cur­rently branch trea­surer but she has been vol­un­teer­ing her time and skills in many dif­fer­ent ways for more than 30 years.

Marg has been awarded the Ripon Vol­un­teer Award (in­sti­gated by Ripon MP Louise Sta­ley as a way of for­mally recog­nis­ing vol­un­teers in the Vic­to­rian elec­torate) in recog­ni­tion of her ef­fort and out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion, which she said came as a “com­plete sur­prise”. “It was a bit of a shock on the day it was an­nounced, I was speech­less,” she said.

Marg said be­ing in­volved with the so­cial side of the branch was most re­ward­ing and her longevity was a re­flec­tion of how much en­joy­ment she gets from tak­ing part. “The ca­ma­raderie is lovely and you meet some won­der­ful peo­ple from ev­ery­where,” she said. “We have seen a lot of very good shoot­ers come through the ranks at Dunolly but for me, the so­cial side is the best part of help­ing to run events.”

Dunolly Field & Game sec­re­tary Nigel El­ston nom­i­nated Marg for the award and said she was a very wor­thy re­cip­i­ent. “Marg has al­ways been there for the club; when any­thing needs do­ing she is there with her hand up, she’s a vi­tal mem­ber of the club,” he said. “Marg has at­tended meet­ings with­out fail and she never misses a shoot day.”

Dur­ing her time Marg has served as sec­re­tary and trea­surer, and was the driv­ing force be­hind se­cur­ing a new shoot ground in 2009. “When we lost our orig­i­nal ground, Marg was the first one to go out look­ing for a new site and made the first con­tact with the landown­ers,” Nigel said. “When we fi­nally se­cured the new ground, she was the first to put her hand up to talk to all the neigh­bours be­fore we sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion so they un­der­stood who we were and what we were try­ing to achieve. “Marg has done an out­stand­ing job over the years, mainly due to her dili­gence and love of hard work.”

Ripon MP Louise Sta­ley presents the award to Marg Davies

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