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Monday, 08 June 2020 09:21

Riverside Arts Centre receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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The following email has been received from the Riverside Arts Centre in Thames Street. We are delighted to reproduce it here and wholeheartedly endorse the award:

We, as a group of volunteers based in Sunbury, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The RAC is committed to the furtherance of Art and Culture in Sunbury, Spelthorne, and beyond. However, we could not do this without the time and dedication of volunteers past and present. Everyone from the Management Committee to those of our users who dedicate their time make our centre the community hub that it is today - catering for over a 100 event nights a year & a large number of clubs, social gatherings, and classes

Riverside Arts Centre is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s
Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are always wonderfully diverse.

Representatives of Riverside will receive the award from Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Riverside Arts Centre Chairman, James Ford-Bannister says:
“I speak on behalf of everyone at the RAC when I say that this is a great honour for all of us. When we were unexpectedly nominated, we were proud just to be considered but to be awarded the QAVS is an achievement that further validates all the hard hours everyone gladly puts in to give back to our local community. However, I know that our volunteers won't relax after this and will continue with the labour of love that is providing arts & culture in Lower Sunbury."

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  • Comment Link Steve Matthews Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:42 posted by Steve Matthews

    I am surprised to be the first to comment on this story on the LOSRA website but to be honest I was not aware of the RAC's fantastic achievement in receiving the Queens Award For Voluntary Service until i read this article just now. I want to give my congratulations, thanks and massive respect to ALL involved in the Riverside Arts Centre over the 17 years I have lived in Lower Sunbury and had the pleasure and distinct privilege of having such a wonderful community asset within 50m of my home. I have attended countless events productions and shows at the RAC and enjoyed every one as well as being the recipient of kind considerate and efficient service by EVERYONE i have come across working or involved therein, but special thanks must go to the bar staff, they work like Trojans in intervals, provide great fast service but ALWAYS have the best demeanour and time and consideration for all, they really do have a significant part of making the whole evening so enjoyable. Stuart of Laughing Chili Comedy Club and his staff always put on a great show, and the energy and enthusiasm of every single person involved in every single event hosted there is what makes it such a fantastic and highly valued community asset. May I by this message say a big thank you and well done to everybody at the RAC upon receiving this well deserved recognition. I so look forward to it re-opening and to more good times there.
    Thank you all

    Steve Matthews.

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