for Voluntary Service
The IOW Ramblers has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the "MBE for the Voluntary Sector" and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering.
The citation reads "Campaigning for greater access to the countryside and encouraging community participation in walking activities"
The Earl of Wessex presented an exclusive inscribed commemorative crystal and a certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony at Carisbrooke Castle on 30th June 2011.
It is certainly a proud moment in the 43 year history of the IOW Ramblers in receiving this prestigious honour.
11 members of IOW Ramblers attended the presentation at Carisbrooke Castle on 30th June 2011.
Four members attended The Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 12th July 2011.
Above photographs © Mike Dunkason
The Queen's award for voluntary service was introduced in 2002 to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Queen's Coronation and is the highest award for voluntary service by groups. More than 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received this annual award.
There are 130 winners of this award this year, selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group's work in their community.