Queen’s Award for voluntary service

The ladies, and gentleman, from Clooney Hall have been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015.

It is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Superintendent Rev Peter Murray commended the team of volunteers, who operate a weekly Luncheon Club for the elderly as well as a Toddlers & Others Group.

“The Luncheon Club was started nearly 30 years ago by a very enthusiastic group of ladies including Margaret Best and the late Marion Cairns,” he said.

“Many of the group have been involved since the club started, offering the elderly and parents of young children encouragement and support, a listening ear and an opportunity to connect with the wider community.

“May Lappin, another of the group’s original team, was privileged to have also attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London, on May 20.

“Sylvia McKeegan and Kathleen Livingstone have been invited to another garden party at Hillsborough too. The group is one of 187 to receive the prestigious award this year.”

They were congratulated by the Queen’s Award chairman, TV news presenter and journalist, Martyn Lewis, CBE, who said the judging panel had been struck by the quality and breadth of the groups, who demonstrated the best of democracy in action through their voluntary work.

Working over the years providing a much needed and valued service in the community without seeking recognition for the work they do, he said the honour celebrated their commitment and hard work and was well deserved.

The photograph shows volunteers Dorothy, Kathleen, Albert, May, Lena, Sylvia, Liz, Kay, Eleanor and Betty.