Gairloch Museum receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Gairloch Museum receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

- 05/10/2017

On Saturday 15 July Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Gairloch Museum.

For logistic reasons it had been decided to make the presentation during the Sheep Dog Trials, but alas the weather was anything but clement!

The official press release is as follows:

Museum volunteers gathered at the Gairloch Sheep Dog Trials to receive their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant who represents Her Majesty the Queen in Ross, Comarty, Skye and Lochalsh. Mrs Bowen informed the crowd that the museum was one of only 17 organisations in the whole of Scotland to receive the award this year. She explained that this success was due to the vital role the museum volunteers play as custodians of the heritage of one of the largest parishes in the country. The award also recognised the ‘stunning amount of money raised locally' and the hard work that has gone in to the new museum development. The Lord-Lieutenant stressed that, although the award was being presented to the museum and its volunteers, without the generous support and encouragement of the whole community, the development project could not have been successful.

The award is a beautiful crystal accompanied by a signed certificate from Her Majesty. We are thinking about where to put it to show it to its best advantage. We would like to express our thanks to the organisers of the Gairloch Sheep Dog Trials for generously allowing us to take centre stage for a while on their day. It was a very enjoyable event for all who attended, despite the rather wet weather.

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