7 February 2019
Thirteen Surrey groups, whose volunteers selflessly dedicate valuable time and experience to help individuals and communities across the county, have been nominated for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019. Their representatives received an official thank you from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, at a Reception at Loseley Park, sponsored by Surrey County Council. “Our local communities across Surrey are sustained and enriched by your dedicated volunteering,” he told them. The nominated groups included: Friday Swimmers, Guildford (top left); Ripley Farm and Produce Market (top centre); Stripey Stork, Reigate (top right); Holmwood Village (lower left); Home-Start Guildford, Guildford (lower centre); and The Millennium Embroidery Group, Sunbury (lower right).
To view photographs of the other nominated groups, please click on the button next to the names that follow:
Chilworth Care Committee; Dyscover, Leatherhead; Guildford in Bloom; Guildford Town Guides;
Mid-Surrey Dementia Care, Ashtead; Patchworking Garden Project, Dorking; the Surrey Hills Society.
The names of the winning groups will be announced publicly on 2nd June 2019. To nominate groups of deserving volunteers for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2020, please click here.
Photographs: Andy Newbold
24 October 2018
Dedicated volunteers from the Friends of Ash Link – the volunteering group of Spelthorne Natural History Society – gathered on Splash Meadow in Shepperton as Michael More-Molyneux, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2018. This Honour recognised the group’s outstanding environmental regeneration work, which started in 2007, to create the Ash Link Nature Reserve in 2011. Conservation is ongoing: from 2007 to 2018 the Friends of Ash Link group was led successfully by Peter Routley and, with his recent move to Devon, Irving Lord now leads the volunteers.
19 October 2018
The 55 active volunteers, aged 35-80, who crew, skipper and maintain the Swingbridge Community Boats (part of Surrey Care Trust) have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018. This highlights the services they provide to support, mentor and train disadvantaged and vulnerable people, including offenders, through environmental work and training trips. The enthusiastic volunteers also run trips to make the River Wey accessible to people with limited mobility and special needs. Chair of the Swingbridge Steering Group, David Aldous received the award from Lord-Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux and acknowledged the dedication of everyone volunteering in the programme who, in many cases, have worked tirelessly to improve local people’s lives over many years.
12 October 2018
Volunteers from Fairwood Helpers, the Worplesdon-based group launched in 1998 to provide much-needed transport plus community support and befriending for elderly and isolated people, received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Surrey’s Lord-Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux.
Chairman of Fairwood Helpers, Sue Harris, thanked the founder members of Fairwood Helpers in its 20th anniversary year and the current volunteers who contribute so much. Many of those who benefit from the service were invited to the presentation, together with the 40 volunteers themselves. Photographed above are Sue Harris receiving the Award from the Lord-Lieutenant (right); and (left) Barry Gamble, Fairwood Helper Treasurer; Chairman, Sue Harris; the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, his wife Sarah; and Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, Scout Rory Gunner.
16 August 2018
Forty-seven serving police officers celebrated reaching their Independent Patrol Status at a Passing Out Parade at Loseley House. Chief Constable Ephgrave and Assistant Chief Constable Burton attended the parade, together with the Lord-Lieutenant and Mrs Sarah More-Molyneux and the High Sheriff of Surrey 2018-19, Jim Glover. The officers paraded in front of Loseley House, accompanied by the military Band and Bugles of The Rifles and watched and supported by family, friends and colleagues. The Chief Constable said: "Independent patrol is the first milestone in an officer's career and they have all worked extremely hard to get this far. I think it is very important to recognise the commitment and dedication from each and every one of them and to celebrate their progress."
11 August 2018
Opus2 International, based at Esher, is the first company in the legal technology sector to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. The Award was made to the company’s CEO and founder, Graham Smith-Bernal, at an informal presentation in August, attended by staff and directors. Opus 2 provides a range of software and services for use throughout the litigation and arbitration lifecycle and the company employs 130 staff worldwide. The catalyst for much of its growth to date has been the patented, cloud-based Magnum platform, which streamlines legal proceedings and facilitates secure collaboration throughout litigation and arbitration matters. Photographed at the presentation (top left) were: Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Corporal Chloe Myers; Mrs Sarah More-Molyneux; the Lord-Lieutenant; and CEO Graham Smith-Bernal, who said: “We are very grateful to be recognised for the innovation we have brought to the legal market and the value our technology delivers to lawyers around the globe on a daily basis.”
8 July 2018
The volunteers of the Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT) were one of nine Surrey groups to receive the coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2018. On 8 July, BERT Trustees and these volunteers gathered on Brockham Green with invited guests to celebrate the presentation of the Queen’s Award to BERT Chairman, Bob Thomas by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Bill Biddell read the citation, and the event (which was organised by Robert Bartlett) included a short presentation of the valuable community work undertaken by the volunteers – including the Young BERT team – and a display of BERT emergency response equipment. Following the display, guests enjoyed tea and cake provided by St Catherine’s Hospice.
8 May 2018
The Surrey Hills was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 60 years ago, on 8th May 1958, and celebrated with a reception, sponsored by the Kier Group, in the State Rooms at Speaker’s House, House of Commons. Distinguished guests included Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Minister for Rural Affairs; Michael More-Molyneux, the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey; and Peter Martin, Chairman of Surrey County Council. It was also good to see so many of those who volunteer with the Surrey Hills Society present on the evening. With its spectacular views, beautiful villages and extensive woodlands, the Surrey Hills AONB stretches across a quarter of the county and includes the chalk slopes of the North Downs, from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east, while extending south to the deeply wooded Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere. www.surreyhills.org/celebrating-60-years/
7 March 2018
The annual Poppy Appeal Cadets Awards Ceremony took place in the Chapel at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School at Reigate. It recognised the achievements of the outstanding cadet units and individuals who together collected over £85,750 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in November 2017. The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey presented Certificates to all the award winners and then the assembled guests heard from guest speaker Major Frankie Howell, Officer Commanding Headquarters Company 1st Battalion Welsh Guards stationed at Pirbright.
6 March 2018
Six of the Surrey residents awarded British Empire Medals in the New Year Honours List 2018 – Mrs Betty Johnson, Mrs Adele Silvey and Mrs Patricia Venton (front row, left to right) and Mr Paul Roy, Mrs Kerstin Wheeler and Mr Martin Thompson (back row, left to right) – attended an Investiture at Loseley House on 6th March 2018. They are seen in the photograph (above left) with HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux, who presented the medals in the historic Great Hall. On 28th March, the Lord-Lieutenant conducted another BEM investiture, at which Mr Richard Cleaves (above centre) and Mr John Looby (above right) received their medals. The British Empire Medal rewards a sustained, local contribution by a citizen, or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration.
19 February 2018
Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers from the 13 Surrey charities and organisations nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018 were invited to a Reception at the Tithe Barn, Loseley Park, to recognise their hard work and commitment. Hosted by HM Lord-Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux, the event was sponsored by Surrey County Council. A representative from each of the nominated groups – ArtVenture Trust, Ash Link Local Nature Reserve, Basingstoke Canal Society, Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT), Dittons & Weston Green NeighbourCare, Fairwood Helpers, Guildford & Godalming Fundraising Group of the British Heart Foundation, Guildford Town Guides, Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC), Samson Centre for MS, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Swan Sanctuary and Swingbridge Community Boats are seen above left with the Lord-Lieutenant and Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Bill Biddell. Above centre: volunteers from RASASC and above right, from the Swan Sanctuary. Of these 13 Surrey groups, those who successfully receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018 (the equivalent of an MBE) will be announced on 2nd June. Speaking to volunteers at the Reception, Michael More-Molyneux said: “All the groups present tonight rely heavily on volunteers – indeed the organisations just would not function without you. That illustrates the very considerable contribution you make to our county. One of the many privileges of being Lord-Lieutenant is to see so many voluntary organisations and to witness the effect and contribution that volunteers make to the richness of our life in Surrey.”
Photographs: Pete Gardner
10 November 2017
The Lord-Lieutenant joined with Surrey County Council Chairman, Peter Martin, and the High Sheriff of Surrey 2017-18, Robert Napier, at the light show ‘Falling Poppies’ which bedecked the front of County Hall in huge red poppies in memory of the fallen. A military band played ceremonial music before all three men gave speeches of respect on the eve of Remembrance Day, as the poppies cascaded down the building in a moving tribute to generations of servicemen and women who have fallen in conflict in the line of duty.
14 September 2017
Outstanding continuous growth in International Trade over the past six years by Rentokil Initial, the global pest control company with its HQ in Camberley, was recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017. The Lord-Lieutenant visited the company’s Pest Control Centre in Crawley to present the award to Rentokil CEO, Andy Ransom. While there, Michael More-Molyneux also attended the opening of The Power Centre, a £2 million investment in science, innovation and training. This facility was named in honour of the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, the late Stewart Power, and officially opened by his wife and children.
1 September 2017
MR Solutions received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise at its Guildford headquarters, in recognition of outstanding success in International Trade (a year earlier, the company had received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation). This dual success was driven by the MR Solutions’ strong investment in the development and commercialisation of its world-leading cryogen-free preclinical MRI imaging technology. HM Lord-Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux (left), presented the award to the company’s CEO and Chairman, Dr. David Taylor (centre). MR Solutions had previously attended a winners’ reception at Buckingham Palace in July, hosted by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
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