We’ve been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service…
KNUTSFORD Heritage Centre Manager Val Bryant is ‘still on Cloud 999’ after a royal accolade for our Centre. We have won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was created in 2002 to recognise excellence in voluntary activities by community groups.
The award will be formally presented to Val later this summer, and Centre Administrator Jan McCappin and Centre Archivist Vivien Hainsworth attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in early June for groups which are to receive the award.
Our team at the Heritage Centre earned the admiration of the Committee which assessed the Award Nominees.
“I am so thrilled to hear that we have won this award,” said Val, who is also a Centre Trustee. It’s a great achievement for the Centre and for the people of Knutsford, and I am still on Cloud 999 at the news. The timing of this award is particularly pertinent, coming as it does in National Volunteers’ Week, when we have an opportunity to celebrate with our wonderful volunteers.
The award shows how important the work we do at the Heritage Centre is for the town and our wider audience. It is the biggest award we have ever been granted, and it will help greatly to raise our profile.”
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service team told the Heritage Centre: “This award was created by the Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is an MBE for volunteer groups.
“The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent assessment committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE. This award represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this award represents.”
Edward Penny and Knutsford Local Artists Exhibition – 1st May to 28th August
Our current exhibition features the life and artworks of Edward Penny RA, who lived in Silk Mill Street, Knutsford.
We will also be hosting Knutsford local artists Diana Bernice Tackley and Lindsay Brogan who will be demonstrating their painting techniques in our Garden Gallery during the summer months. Please see our “Events” page for more information.
In addition four local artists will be displaying their works in the gallery – Sheila Scholes, Emma Williams, Steve Wall and Diane Birkett; short biographies of each artist will be on display.
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We’ve just taken delivery of these fabulous limited-edition mugs , which you can buy in our shop, as a souvenir of your visit to our Marvellous Days Out exhibition.
THE ORAL HISTORY OF KNUTSFORD
A major new project by the Knutsford Heritage Centre is on hold currently, waiting for a volunteer to lead it.
Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions.
A living history of everyone’s unique life experiences
An opportunity for those people who have been ‘hidden from history’ to have their voice heard
A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face
A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past
The Knutsford Heritage Centre believes that oral history is of great social importance and plans to create a permanent archive of personal recollections relating to the town’s past.