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Queens Award for Voluntary Services 2017


RBBA is delighted that all the hard work over the last 30 years has been recognised and rewarded.  The Association has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups.

Norden Councillor Michael Holly kindly nominated the Association, with Clive Entwistle, from Friends of Taylor Park ,and Lila Crawshaw, a local rider, supporting the nomination.  RBBA had worked with Councillor Holly in January 2016 to restore the bridleways around Taylor Park in Bamford and so was aware of the work the Association was prepared to invest to complete their projects in the community.  The nomination was accepted and led to the Award being made as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

On 23rd May two Officers of the Association, Chairman Irene Pope representing Bury and Treasurer Gillian Morrell representing Rochdale, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace. (click here or see attached file for a Blog of the day) The day was  marred by  the tragic events of the previous night at the Manchester arena. As a mark of respect to the victims of the attack, when the Queen appeared on the steps of the terrace behind Buckingham Palace, guests observed a minutes silence before the national anthem was played.  However, the day was also memorable for more positive reasons and it was a thrill to see the Queen and other members of the Royal family at such close quarters. In addition, the weather was very kind, warm and dry, showing off the Queen’s back garden in splendour when the sun finally came to join us.

In a special edition of The London Gazette published on 2nd June the recipients of the awards were published.  At a further event in Manchester a signed certificate from Her Majesty the Queen and an English crystal with the logo insignia will be presented to the Group by The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

The Group is extremely proud to be the recipients of this award and will continue to work hard to improve the safety of riders and protect paths for future generations.


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Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association,
3 Jun 2017, 09:00