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Duchess of Gloucester visits the Welcome Cafe in Longridge to present Queen's Volunteer award
THE Duchess of Gloucester received a warm welcome when she visited Longridge last Wednesday.
The royal visited The Welcome to present its volunteers with The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community 2013.
The community cafe, which was established by a Methodist Deaconess in 1994, was presented with the esteemed award for its invaluable work in the Longridge and Shaw Heath area.
On her arrival, the Duchess, who was accompanied by Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs, was introduced to some of the community groups housed at the centre and chatted to them about their interests.
The attendees then gathered for the official presentation and David Briggs MBE addressed the crowd first.
He said: “The impact of the Welcome locally has been most impressive. It ticks all the right boxes. It has great community spirit and its activities have provided superb opportunities for local people.”
The Duchess proceeded to take her turn speaking and congratulated the volunteers on winning the award.
She said: “This is not without competition so I’m delighted for you and I completely understand why you top the list.
“I am really thrilled to have met so many of you here today and to have been part of this wonderful day, so thank you so much and good luck in the future.”
Eight-year-old Morgan Tomlinson presented the Duchess with a bunch of flowers and helped her unveil a new plaque to commemorate the day.
Nicky Mailey, MBA, chairman of The Welcome, speaking after the event, said: “We were honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from the Duchess of Gloucester.
“The volunteers and staff of the Welcome have worked so hard over the years to provide a valuable and supportive hub for the local community.
“It is lovely to see their efforts being recognised at the highest level and the event has boosted everyone’s spirits.”
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