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Stables Volunteers Presented with Queen's Award

Monday 4 November 2019

Volunteers at one of the UK’s most popular music venues were yesterday presented with the country’s top volunteering award.

More than 200 volunteers gathered at The Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes yesterday for the official presentation ceremony of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The presentation was made by the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, to Jim Rice, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Helen Sturgess, one of the Stables volunteers chosen at random to collect the award on behalf of the whole group.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Ever since it opened in 1970, volunteers have played a central role in enabling The Stables to become one of the UK’s most successful music organisations. In addition to the voluntary board of trustees, the volunteer team provides year-round support for many areas of the day-to-day operation at the venue, including front of house, technical, catering and administrative duties. Volunteers also support the successful delivery of both IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and the National Youth Music Camps, two major events which The Stables also produces.

Commenting on the presentation ceremony, Monica Ferguson, The Stables Chief Executive and Artistic Director said: “This is a special and fitting event to celebrate the work of our volunteers - dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to support our charitable activities here at The Stables and the significant projects which we produce. As we approach our 50th anniversary, everyone connected with The Stables is thrilled that they have been recognised in this way – it is richly deserved!”