We were honoured to welcome Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant, Lady Mary Holborow, and the Chair of Cornwall Council, Councillor Pat Harvey to the Museum on 22 July, when Lady Mary presented Museum Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, with a beautiful piece of inscribed crystal and a certificate signed by HM The Queen to mark the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Surrounded by some 70 Museum volunteers, Lady Mary read out the Museum’s citation and spoke of her pleasure that the Museum had gained the award. Four children from St Agnes Primary School were involved in the presentation – the boys entrusted with holding the crystal and the certificate by Lady Mary, while the girls presented her with a basket of Cornish flowers.
Roger Radcliffe paid tribute to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make our Museum such a success and said that many were serial volunteers who helped with many village groups. Liz Thompson thanked Lady Mary for suggesting, some two years ago, that the Museum might be nominated, as it had never occurred to us that a museum might be suitable.
Everyone moved outside for group photos and a chance to admire the unique bunting, in purple and white and featuring the QAFVS logo, specially made by Clare Murton and Ann Oxley, our joint Curators.
Afterwards, delicious food and drink were served upstairs, the organisation overseen by Clare Murton, and the food contributed by many helpers.
It was a memorable morning and our grateful thanks are due to Mandy Kimmins, our nominator, St Agnes Primary School and the Local Improvements Committee for their letters of support, and everyone who has helped in any way.
On 12 July Roger Radcliffe, Chairman, Clive Benney, Vice Chairman, Ann Oxley, Curator, and Colin Harris, Past Chairman, representing St Agnes Museum volunteers, attended the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, an acknowledgement of the award of the QAFVS.
Roger Radcliffe said: “It was an amazing day and a first for all of us. We were ushered through the arch at the front of the Palace into the heart of the building to emerge on the western terrace. We were met with 40 acres of garden with a lake at its centre. In front of us were rows of green and white tea tents and of course there were cucumber and mint sandwiches, minus the crusts. Many people were dressed in their national costume, with colourful African and Arabian outfits. At 4 pm The Yeomen of the Guard cleared a way through the crowds in anticipation of the Queen who made her entrance as the band played the National Anthem. It was a fabulous day, made possible because of 60 volunteers who keep the Museum going.”