Volunteer group receives award from the Queen

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 October 2019

Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Dedicated volunteers have been rewarded for their efforts in Portishead with a royal award.

Ian Murphy and Jane Pagano from Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONIan Murphy and Jane Pagano from Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead In Bloom (PIB) received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service on Monday as praise for its immense efforts to spruce up the town.

The award, which is the highest accolade voluntary groups can receive, was presented to the group by Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Anne Maw at The Windmill Inn.

Some members were invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in the summer after learning PIB would receive the award.

Chairman Ian Murphy said the group was 'delighted' to receive the award.

Ian Murphy and Jane Pagano from Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONIan Murphy and Jane Pagano from Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

He said: "We are honoured our group's work to keep Portishead looking good has been recognised.

"It's a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, past and present, who give over 5,000 hours of their time every year."

PIB also received a 12th consecutive gold award from South West in Bloom this week.

Charlotte Halsall with the cake she made to mark the presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Portishead In Bloom.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONCharlotte Halsall with the cake she made to mark the presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Portishead In Bloom. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Members of Portishead In Bloom at a reception marking the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the group.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONMembers of Portishead In Bloom at a reception marking the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the group. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead In Bloom receiving Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Anne Maw, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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