Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust wins Queen’s Award

Nice: The trust was responsible for riverside regeneration

The trust was responsible for riverside regeneration

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Ellie Cambridge,

A group that works to preserve Cobham’s heritage and culture has been given a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust was started 10 years ago by Sir Gerald Acher and David Tipping, now chairman and vice-chairman respectively.

Sir Acher said of the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK: “This is a tremendous achievement for the trust and its hard working committee and one which I am very proud to have been involved with.”

He added: “I would like to thank my wonderful committee, all our members, volunteers and supporters and I look forward to working with everyone in the next exciting 10 years.”

The trust works with more than 150 volunteers, schools, Elmbridge Council leisure services department, Surrey County Council, the Environment Agency and has now grown to more than 1,100 fee-paying members.

David Bellchamber and volunteers from the trust went to a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 28, where they met the Queen.

Mary Lewis, county councillor for Cobham, who nominated the trust for this award, said: “I was delighted to nominate the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust because they have made such a positive contribution to the community spirit of Cobham over the last decade by bringing people from all walks of life together, through a variety of worthwhile and enjoyable projects.

“They are the sort of organisation that binds communities together, which has been invaluable to Cobham.”