Lord Lieutenant presents Royal Award to local volunteer group

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy KCVO, visited Severn Valley Country Park on Tuesday 19 September to present The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the Severn Valley Country Park Supporters Group of Volunteers.

Chairman of the supporters group, Don Bannister, accepted the award on behalf of the Volunteer Group.  This prestigious award is the highest award that Volunteers can receive. 

The volunteer group was founded back in the early 1990’s by the then Head Ranger Chris Butterworth. From then it has grown to around thirty five members, each person bringing different skills and knowledge to the group. The volunteers meet twice weekly to assist the Park Rangers to maintain the park and other countryside sites in South Shropshire. 

The group attracts members from a wide area with people travelling from Bridgnorth, Kidderminster, Stourport, Dudley, Brierley Hill and other surrounding villages. A spokesperson said they were 'indebted to those individuals who nominated them for this award'.

There are currently vacancies in their Thursday Group, who meet from 9am until 4pm. If you would like to become a Volunteer with like-minded people please the office on 01746 781192.

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