Queen’s Award for shop

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Queen's Award LogoOur fantastic shop has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award for volunteers and effectively an MBE for volunteer groups. Wow!

Congratulations to each and every one of you who has played a part in the shop’s phenomenal success and to all of you who have supported it in so many ways. It was in 2008 that the threatened closure of Humshaugh’s Post Office galvanised the community into action. Although that campaign wasn’t successful, it demonstrated that a strong community spirit existed in Humshaugh. In 2009, when Pat and Rob Gray retired as shopkeepers, Humshaugh Village Shop was taken over by our enthusiastic group of volunteers.

What a success it has been. The team of around 40 volunteers has kept a vital community asset alive and kicking and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for countless projects and individuals in our village.

We will be presented with our award by the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, the Duchess of Northumberland, at Alnwick Garden on the afternoon of Wednesday June 15th. On May 24th one of the shop’s directors, Steve Robins, and his wife Marilyn, were among thousands of people at a Royal Garden Party in the Grounds of Buckingham Palace.