Page Park volunteers celebrate award of a right royal accolade
Published on: 02 Oct 2017
The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter has presented the Friends of Page Park with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
This is the highest honour for voluntary groups in the UK. The Friends were nominated for their efforts since 1999 to restore the historic park in Staple Hill, which resulted in successfully receiving a £1.6m Heritage Lottery grant for the recent improvements.
The people who put forward the nominations and others who wrote letters of support were invited to join the Friends for the presentation ceremony in the Bean Tree Cafe in the new community building at the park.
Also there were Beryle Page and Peter Page, relatives of Alderman William Page who gave the 19-acre open space to the community in 1910.
Steph Purser, vice-chair of Friends of Page Park, said "It's an honour. We hope it will inspire other groups to take on various causes and work to improve everyone's lives.
“Volunteers are very important - without them the world wouldn't work"We've put a lot of time and effort into Page Park and we are very lucky to have been awarded the Heritage Lottery grant, and now, this award. It's nice to have some recognition for what we are doing for the community and how much we are improving it.
"We hope the difference we're making in Page Park is making a difference to everybody's lives."
"It can only go on if people get involved and we really need new members - especially young members - as there's still a lot to do."
Anyone interested in joining the Friends should make contact via their website www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk