Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for Ullapool Museum

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for Ullapool Museum

- 28/06/2019

On Friday 28 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, travelled to Ullapool to present the Museum with their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Before making the presenation she said:

This Thomas Telford building must have, over the past nearly 200 years, seen some very special meetings, some sad, and others joyful, some inspiring and some very long and cold meetings when the pews must have become very hard! But I promise I will not keep you that long this evening.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in 2003. It is the highest award given to Volunteering groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chairman, Sir Martyn Lewis said “Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities often without praise for the incredible job they do”.

Well. Tonight we are putting that right, here in Ullapool. You are being recognised for the outstanding contribution each of you have made to make the Ullapool Museum what it is today. It is sad that Catriona Martin is unable to be with us in person, I understand we will hear from her later.

Ullapool is full of amazingly talented and skilled people. This Museum project has released those skills to the benefit of the community as a whole. It has also allowed the Museum Community to offer kindness, affection and friendship and to give a sense of achievement - while creating a Gem in the middle of Ullapool.

Tonight is a Celebration of many long hours of hard voluntary work by a huge number of the community.

It is a celebration of inspired leadership and community involvement.

It is a celebration of remarkable fundraising, including yards of baking and gallons of soup.

It is a celebration of many skills including carpentry, electrical and plumbing, - IT, literary, artistic and people skills.

It is also a celebration of generosity.

I am delighted that all this hard work has been recognised by this Crystal (Award) and Her Majesty’s recognition of your excellence.

This Award is for ALL of you.

Congratulations!

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