Many of you in ukulele land will have seen this news by now, but in case you hadn't I wanted to get it noted down on the blog for posterity. The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival has recently been awarded the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
This is essentially the equivalent of an MBE but one that is awarded to groups that undertake voluntary, charitable or social work in the UK. And I think that highlights a couple of very important things about GNUF, one you may know and one you may not.
Firstly it's obviously a huge credit to the organising team for the massive amount of work they put in each year the festival runs. Having spent time behind the scenes on previous events I can assure you this is NOT a walk in the park and is the culmination of a full years work from many people to successfully pull it off.
|Part of Team GNUF L-R Mim, Rob Collins, Kris Ball (credit James Millar)|
The Department of Culture, who select the recipients for the award, added: “The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this award represents.”
|Credit James Millar|
So on behalf of Got A Ukulele, I want to say a massive well done to my friends on the organising team and all those who contribute in other ways and say that this is hugely deserved by all!
And take a look below at two of the festival organisers Mary Agnes Krell and Rob Collins at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party recently at which GNUF and other award winners attended as part of the 2017 awards.
|Credit Mary Agnes Krell|
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