Festival Presented with Queen’s Award

Festival Presented with Queen’s Award

Swaledale Festival was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on September 27 in a ceremony at Scampston Hall. This prestigious award recognises both the work of volunteers for the organisation and the benefits that the Festival brings to the wider community.

Members of the panel were hugely impressed by the number of volunteers who give their time and effort to the Swaledale Festival (over 130) and the range of tasks they carry out.  They also recognised the value that the Festival adds to the local community in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale by bringing world-class artists to a deeply rural area, as well as providing performance and exhibition opportunities for emerging young performers and local artists.  The Wandering Minstrels programme – where the Festival takes high quality music and arts into local schools and care homes - was also praised as a vital strand of its activities.

The Festival’s volunteers distribute publicity material, offer transport, food and accommodation to artists, assist in the box office, produce concert programmes and also steward at events.  Volunteers Coordinator Maria Laybourn said: “Swaledale Festival is very proud of the work its volunteers do to ensure the smooth running of what could be a very complex and expensive operation, but they do everything so efficiently and in such a friendly way that we get lots of positive comments from audience members about how good they are.  We are very proud that their efforts have been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”

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