Knutsford Heritage Centre granted Queen’s Award


Knutsford Heritage Centre manager Val Bryant is said to still be on Cloud 9 after news of a royal accolade for the centre based just off King Street.

The heritage centre has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Queen’s Award was created in 2002 to recognise excellence in voluntary activities by community groups, and will be formally presented to Val and the volunteers at Knutsford Heritage Centre later this summer.

Centre archivist Vivien Hainsworth and centre administrator Jan McCappin (pictured above) attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace earlier this month for organisations who have made a positive impact on their community.

The team at Knutsford Heritage Centre earned the admiration of the committee which assesses award nominees, with Val commenting: “I am so thrilled to hear that we have won this award.”

Val, who is also a heritage centre trustee, added: “It’s a great achievement for the centre and for the people of Knutsford, and I am still on Cloud 9 at the news.

“The timing of this award is particularly pertinent, coming as it does in National Volunteers’ Week, when we have an opportunity to celebrate with our wonderful volunteers.

“The award shows how important the work we do at the heritage centre is for the town and our wider audience.

“It is the biggest award we have ever been granted, and it will help greatly to raise our profile.”

The award is known as the ‘MBE for volunteer groups’. It was created by Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate the anniversary of her coronation.

A representative of Her Majesty said of Knutsford Heritage Centre: “The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent assessment committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE.

“This award represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this award represents.”