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Cheltenham volunteers recognised by The Queen

PUBLISHED: 14:40 10 January 2011 | UPDATED: 18:00 20 February 2013

Julia and Michael Edwards.

Julia and Michael Edwards.

Newlands Park, a part of Cheltenham Rugby Club has been announced as one of 103 UK volunteering groups to win this year's The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.

Newlands Park, a part of Cheltenham Rugby Club has been announced as one of 103 UK volunteering groups to win this years The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups. The prestigious National Honour recognises outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others. It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged of the highest standard. Newlands Park has received the Award for providing sporting facilities for young people in the Community.

Winners of this years Award were selected from 341 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a groups work in their community. Newlands Park received a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majestys representative in Gloucestershire, Sir Henry Elwes KCVO at a special ceremony. The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.


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