Mawdesley Cricket Club Receive Queen’s Award
Mawdesley Cricket Club were one of seven Lancashire based Community organisations presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a Ceremony held at County Hall in Preston last Monday (16th July).
The award was presented by Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, with the Chair of Lancashire County Council, Cllr Anne Cheetham and representatives of other Boroughs in attendance.
The accolade was created by The Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary her coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. The work that the Club does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE who recommended that the Club should be a recipient of the award.
The award reflected the Club’s achievements over recent years in promoting and providing cricket opportunities to a diverse audience, including not only junior players through the Club’s work with local schools, but also women through its newly created women’s section who now compete successfully in soft ball tournaments, and to those with disabilities with the weekly programme run in conjunction with Galloways Society for the Blind for those with visual impairment.
For the interest of the wider community, the Club also holds each year a classic car show and hosts the annual Ecumenical Walking Day Tea Party at its Rectory Field ground in Mawdesley. In addition, this year the Club will support a number of local and national charities including the NSPKU (The National Society for Phenylketonuria) and a Dentaid project in South Africa, with events being held on its field.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Team advised the Club that the Award represents a tremendous achievement for the organisation and they hoped that everyone involved, and particularly the Club’s volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that the Award represents.
Paul Steadman, the Chairman of Mawdesley Cricket Club said “We are very honoured to have received this award which reflects the progress we have made as a Club over recent years in becoming a real force for good in our community, and we are delighted that the Queen’s Award Panel in Lancashire thought so as well in recommending us for this award. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated and dependable volunteer team of over 30 people who work tirelessly in tasks ranging from looking after our playing facilities to organising and supporting all the events we run, and this award would not have been possible without their efforts”.
The Club will be holding a volunteer celebration morning on Saturday 18th August at their pavilion to which all its volunteers will be invited to share in the success of the Queen’s Award.