Four representatives of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire attended a special ceremony last week in order to formally accept the Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Promoting Voluntary Service on behalf of the county’s 9,000 or so members.
The award was conferred by Sir John Peace, the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, during a garden party held in the grounds of Caunton Manor, near Newark. The plaque and certificate were accepted by County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Assistant County Commissioner Kirstie Pogson, Mansfield Division Commissioner Sarah Clarkson and Young Leader Hannah Parry, and will be put on permanent display at Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s county headquarters in Carlton.
The official link between the Monarchy and the County of Nottinghamshire, the Lord-Lieutenant represents the Crown in the county: one of the key roles of the office is to celebrate the achievements of the people of Nottinghamshire and their service to others.
In his letter to County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Sir John Peace asked for his congratulations to be passed on to Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s entire membership and expressed his thanks for the ‘magnificent contribution you are all making to improve the lives of your members and of the community in which they live.’
The nomination process involved an extensive written submission followed by presentations to the Deputy Lieutenant Robin Wilson, on whose recommendation the award was made. The application embraced all aspects of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s activities, including international opportunities, interest badges and support for those with special needs, as well as community projects. The achievements of individuals, of units and of divisions were also celebrated, as was the lasting legacy of Girlguiding membership in terms of building resilience, transferrable skills, friendships and confidence amongst girls and young women across the county.
‘It was a great honour to accept this award on behalf of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire,’ said County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst. ‘Those of us embedded in the organisation see for ourselves every day the impact we have on our members and on the wider community. But this doesn’t happen without a huge amount of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm from our volunteers, and I thank Sir John Peace and the office of the Lord-Lieutenancy for paying tribute to this so publicly. Our plaque will be displayed with pride!’
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire supports and encourages girls of all ages and abilities to get the most out of life, and enquiries about membership and volunteering opportunities are always welcome. For details call County Headquarters on 0115 987 7220 or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk