Shanklin Town Brass Band
to announce that it has been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary
The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2016
Shanklin Town Brass Band, in Shanklin, Isle of Wight recognised with
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
group from Shanklin who works in the community to promote Brass Band
Music amongst young musicians, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award
for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive
in the UK.
In addition to
providing low cost music tuition to budding musicians at its Saturday
morning Brass Academy, the Band which itself became a charity in 2011,
also supports many other Island charities, and organisations in their
fund raising efforts. The Band’s current home is the Grade II listed
Rylstone Chalet which is currently being restored to its former glory by
a team of dedicated volunteers. The Band is proud to promote both
Shanklin, and the Island whenever it competes in Brass Band Contests on
and Charlotte Lewis from Shanklin Town Brass Band attended a garden
party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May 2016 where
they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Brass Band is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary
groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards
given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing
that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to
tackle community challenges.
Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local
volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their
communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s
Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the
anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social
facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club
enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in
Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.
Brass Band will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle
of Wight later this summer.
Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist
Sir Martyn Lewis said:
congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been
rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary
Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the
quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community
and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in
Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like
to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for
Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The
huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their
local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the
individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire
others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can
continue to build a more compassionate society.”
Chairman of the Band, Karen Lewis said:
recognises the work, dedication and achievements of the Band since it
was formed 22 years ago. The time and effort given by voluntary
organisations across the Island greatly enhance the community we live
in, and the more people that get involved, the better for us all."
Karen and Malcolm's visit to Buckingham Palace can be found