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Queen’s Award for Marchington shop volunteers

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

VOLUNTEERS at a village shop run by and for a rural community near Uttoxeter are to be awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The team at Marchington Community Shop is one of seven groups across Staffordshire to be honoured with the award from Her Majesty.

The honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions in local communities and has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.

Marchington Community Shop has become a social hub in the village, as well as offering a range of services which have proved invaluable over the 10 years since it became a community-run concern.

iz Morgan, Chair of Marchington Community Shop Board and one of the founding team of the Community Shop said: “I am delighted and overwhelmed that our volunteers have won this wonderful award. We could never have believed that our work would be recognised in such an important way.

“It is a fitting testimony to every single volunteer who has offered their time and enthusiasm to benefit the shop since it opened in November 2010, from the very youngest Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, to people who have learnt for the first time how to use a digital till.

“Many thanks too to all our many customers who have supported us, contributed and given us suggestions, and sometimes turned into volunteers themselves!”

Marchington Community Shop started trading in November 2010, following local participation and fundraising, which had shown that there was enthusiasm and commitment to creating a community shop for the villages of Marchington and Marchington Woodlands.

Marchington Shop is the only shop across the two villages and is open for more than 50 hours a week, supplying fresh fruit and vegetables, groceries, dairy, local free range eggs, essential cleaning and hygiene products, over-the-counter medicines, newspapers and magazines, soft drinks, wine and beer, greeting cards, plants, compost, logs and a dry cleaning service.

In the coming months, the community shop team will be among the seven groups to receive their certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen along with an exclusive commemorative crystal presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ who is Her Majesty’s representative for the county.

Mr Dudson said: “I am delighted that we have several more winners again this year, taking the overall number of winners in Staffordshire to over 100 since the awards started in 2003. This year’s winners are shining examples of the hundreds of organisations in this county whose volunteers improve the lives of others in our communities.

“We are all extremely grateful for what they do. It is particularly appropriate this year that a number of them have been recognised for their additional contributions during the pandemic.

“I would like to send the winners my warmest congratulations and look forward hopefully to being able to present their awards to each of them later in the year.”

Other groups recognised in this year’s awards include:

• Changes Tamworth

• The Fun Club Hub, Burntwood

• Spark CIO, Burntwood

• Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway, Amerton

• Walk Ministries, Tunstall

• Whittington and Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme

Paul Snape, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council added: “Where would we be without our many volunteers? It is clear to me that the people of Staffordshire are always ready to help in any way they can without seeking reward.

“Only on days like today do we have the opportunity to pay tribute to the many people who give so freely of their time and expertise to the benefit of others. Once again my sincere congratulations to all our winners.”

Representatives from the groups will also receive an invitation to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace next year. To date 105 groups from Staffordshire have been honoured with an Award since it was created by Her Majesty in 2002.

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