The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire visited Harvington Hall on Tuesday 12th July, to present the Hall’s volunteers with the Queen‘s Award for Voluntary Service for their work in the community to bring a rare and special historic house to life. The Award is the highest honour that can be received by a group, and is equivalent to an MBE.
The volunteers carry out a wide range of tasks, from guiding groups around the Hall, to running the reception, leading workshops for schools, historical re-enactment, gardening, admin and conservation tasks. The volunteers collectively contribute an average of 8,500 – 9,000 volunteer hours per year – based on the National Living Wage, this amounts to a donation of £61,200 – £64,800.
“Michael Hodgetts, long-standing volunteer and Historical Director of the Hall, says, “It is wonderful that Harvington Hall’s enthusiastic volunteers have received the recognition they deserve for enabling such a special place to be available for everyone to share. I have found it very rewarding to have volunteered at the Hall for 61 years and I know that I speak for all of the volunteers when I say that we want everyone to be able to understand how extraordinary it is”.
Barbara Parkes and Sherida Breeden from Harvington Hall attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 25th May, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Emma Pullen, Hall Manager, said, “I am delighted that the volunteers at Harvington Hall have received recognition for all their vital contributions. Each and every one of our volunteers is priceless. We simply would not be able to look after and open this special historic treasure without them.” Harvington Hall welcomes new volunteers in all departments. Please contact Emma Pullen, Hall Manager, on 01562 777846 for more information.