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7 February 2017

Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers from 18 Surrey charities and organisations gathered at a Reception held at the Tithe Barn, Loseley Park, to recognise the tireless work of those groups nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. A representative from each of the nominated groups – Farnham Assist; Forest Estate Community Hub above left; Freewheelers Theatre and Media; Guildford Lions Club; Headway Surrey; Normandy Therapy Garden; Oakleaf Enterprise; Peterson’s Fund for Children; Peaslake Lunch Group; Queen Elizabeth Foundation; Reigate & Redhill Live at Home Scheme; Royal Holloway Community Action (above right); SATRO; Shere, Peaslake and Gomshall Magazine; Surrey Independent Custody Visiting Scheme; Surrey Playing Fields Association; Surrey Wildlife Trust; and The Grange Volunteer Group – are seen above centre with the Lord-Lieutenant and Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Of these Surrey groups, those receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 (the equivalent of an MBE) will be announced on 2nd June. Speaking to volunteers at the Reception, Michael More-Molyneux said: “Thank you for your hard work, your perseverance, your commitment to the cause, and your desire to help those less fortunate than yourselves. I hope you realise how much your work is valued by us all in Surrey. If it were not for our county’s voluntary sector, a large number of charities and good causes would simply not exist.”

Photographs: Mark Lewis

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1 February 2017

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, paid a special visit to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Old Windsor Centre at Runnymede and was met by the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. She was welcomed by a dog guard of honour before touring the medical facilities, kennels and cattery with celebrity ambassadors, David Gandy and Amanda Holden. The charity has been helping lost and abandoned dogs and cats since 1979 and re-homes over 1,000 animals a year. Her Royal Highness has a long relationship with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and is the proud owner of two Jack Russell Terriers, Bluebell and Beth, adopted from Battersea in 2011 and 2012.

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28 January 2017

The Lord-Lieutenant and his wife, Michael and Sarah More-Molyneux, joined festivities at the Wey Kayak Club on 28 January 2017 for an Olympics Celebratory Evening. They met four Club members who had all participated in the Olympic or Paralympic Games in Rio: Anne Dickins (who won Gold in the paracanoe), Rachel Cawthorn, Liam Heath and Jon Schofield. The Guildford-based club is one of the top kayak clubs in the country. With over 30 years of triumphs and victories, it has a rich tradition for racing and is proud to have World and Olympic champions among its members. Introductory courses are run in the spring and summer to teach newcomers the basics of canoe/kayaking.

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2 November 2016

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford brought its 50th anniversary programme to a close with a special gala evening. Founder members, friends and supporters of the theatre, which opened in 1965, came together for a gala performance of Adrian Noble’s production of A Room with a View starring award-winning actor Felicity Kendal. She was reunited on stage at the end of the performance by fellow star of The Good Life Dame Penelope Keith, who joined the cast to raise a toast. Celebrations continued after the show, as guests exchanged theatrical anecdotes and listened to speeches from (amongst others) board member, HM Lord-Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux. Dame Penelope was photographed with Theatre Director, James Barber.

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2 November 2016

The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, crossed the county border to join Aldershot Town Football Club (‘The Shots’), National League sponsors, Vanarama and local dignitaries at Aldershot’s Military Museum. Together they launched ‘Business in a Box’ as part of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, to help ex-servicemen forge a career outside of the Armed Forces. The new scheme brings together a range of products and services to help ex-servicemen and women start-up their own small business, including payment of the initial deposit to lease a Vanarama van or car; website and logo design; vehicle sign writing; business cards; free business banking; and support with social media accounts.

In 2015, The Shots led the National League’s 67 other clubs in signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. The Club’s Chairman, Shahid Azeem, DL was part of the Business in a Box presentation team alongside Brigadier Hugh Robertson QVRM TD, and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Reehal, Commander of Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment. Shahid Azeem is seen (left) in the central photograph below with the Lord-Lieutenant; Aldershot Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Mac MacGregor ; and Steve Mark, Brand Director of Vanarama.

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26 October 2016

The Lord-Lieutenant presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the volunteers of The Orpheus Centre at Godstone, in a life-affirming awards ceremony that reflected the outstanding contribution made by hundreds of volunteers since the Centre was founded in 1998. Orpheus is a specialist performing arts college that gives young disabled adults the practical skills they need to live independently when they leave. Its founder, the celebrated musician and composer Sir Richard Stilgoe, spoke at the awards ceremony ahead of an impressive performance by Orpheus students. Graham Whitehead, CEO of The Orpheus Centre said: "The ‘gift of time’ represents so much for our young disabled students, as they strive to become as independent as possible. Every volunteer brings something unique and special to impact on the lives of our students and staff, and with their involvement Orpheus becomes a much richer and dynamic learning environment."

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20-25 June 2016

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised in Surrey boroughs on Monday 20th June – in driving rain – at the start of the week preceding Armed Forces Day on 25th June. The Surrey Lieutenancy was represented in Surrey Heath by Peter Lee DL (left), while Brigadier Paul Evans DL joined members of Guildford Borough Council and representatives of the military and civilian community at Guildford Castle (centre). To mark Armed Forces Day itself, the Historic and Vintage Military Vehicle Rally and Show was held at Loseley Park on Sunday 26 June, with a range of military vehicles on display alongside World War re-enactors (right).

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29 May 2016

American Memorial Day was held at the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial on Sunday 29th May. VADM James G Foggo III, Commander of the US 6th Fleet attended, together with the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, British Army troops from the 1st Army Training regiment at Pirbright and the US Air Forces Europe Band Five Star Brass. In his memorial address, Vice Admiral Foggo said:

“Brookwood is just one of 20 American military cemeteries in Europe, and our veterans are buried in countless cemeteries within the United States. The four-and- a-half acres of Brookwood American Cemetery is especially poignant because it is surrounded by Brookwood Military Cemetery, where service members from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslovakia and France are also buried… selfless men and women who were all fighting for the same cause.”

Photographs: Tony McCallum

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17th May 2016

Six of the Surrey residents awarded British Empire Medals in the New Year Honours List 2016 – Mr Brian Reader, Mrs Erica Tye, Mrs Sheila Whitty, Mrs Sarah Bain, Mrs Ailsa Button and Mr Alan Hargreaves (above centre, from left to right) attended an Investiture at Loseley House.  The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More- Molyneux (above left, with his wife Sarah), presented the medals and the citations were read by one of the county’s Deputy Lieutenants, Mr Hugh Riley JP DL (above right).  Reintroduced in 2012, the British Empire Medal rewards a sustained, local contribution by a citizen, or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration.

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8 May 2016

More than 50 young people, aged from 8 to 19 years-old and from all areas of Surrey, were rewarded at the Surrey Young Superstars 2016 awards on Sunday 8th May. They received their trophies and certificates from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux, at a special awards ceremony at Guildford’s Guildford Harbour Hotel.  Now in its fourth year and organised by Surrey Youth Focus (which is chaired by Mrs Lesley Myles, MBE JP DL) in partnership with Haslemere Travel, Surrey Young Superstars aims to create a positive image of young people across the county. It recognises and rewards their achievements and showcases the incredible contributions they make to their communities. 

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18 March 2016

Mr Michael More-Molyneux attended the Mole Valley 2016 Youth Showcase Awards at Dorking Halls to help over 700 guests celebrate the outstanding achievements of the District's young people and to enjoy a range of music and dance performances by talented young artists. With 77 nominations in contention for a diverse range of seven Awards, it proved to be an unmissable evening.

Photographs courtesy of Jonathan Timpson Photography

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25 February 2016

The Lord-Lieutenant was invited to the Royal Army Medical Services (AMS) Museum at Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, where he officially unveiled an exhibition of 12 watercolours by the artist Philip Bannister depicting scenes of First World War dentistry.

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10 November 2015

Pupils at St John’s CofE Primary School at Dorking worked with guest chef Nick Sinclair to prepare savoury flans in the school’s new children’s kitchen, during the official opening by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Michael More-Molyneux. Pupils aged 3 to 11 now have cooking lessons in the kitchen, using produce from the school allotment where every year group has a plot.

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26 October 2015

The final fixture of the Champion Headwear Pony Club pony racing series, held at Lingfield Park Racecourse, had a special visit from The Pony Club’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. There was a turnout of over 400 Pony Club members and a bumper entry of nearly 100 young riders competing for one of the race titles at Novice and Open level over four, six or eight furlongs.

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14 October 2015

The Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Michael More-Molyneux, unveiled a plaque to officially open the new Pre-Prep building at Hoe Bridge School in Woking. He also returned with his wife, Sarah, in February 2016 to meet pupils and support the school’s fundraising efforts for two charities: ‘Home For Good’ and ‘Magic Bus India’.

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16 September 2015

Barrow Hills School at Witley hosted the inaugural visit of the school’s President, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. The Duchess visited a Year 7 science lesson, watched ballet in the dance studio, and met pupils in Years 5 to 8, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit.

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