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Rowing club and Lions win awards
TWO county organisations have been awarded ‘the MBE for volunteer groups’ by the Queen for their work.
Oxford’s Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club and Carterton Lions Club have been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
They were two of just 112 groups across the country to be recognised.
The Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club, which formed in 1869, is volunteer-run and helps thousands of people, including children, get into water activities at its base near Donnington Bridge.
Chairman Travis Peter said: “It is absolutely wonderful.
“The volunteers in the club are all delighted that their hard work over many years has been acknowledged in this way.
“The award says to all the people who give up their time and stand on the river bank in the pouring rain that they are doing good.”
The Carterton Lions won for their work in the community – which includes helping with arrangements for repatriation ceremonies at RAF Brize Norton.
They organise the car parks in Carterton for the thousands of people who turn out to pay their respects to fallen service personnel.
They also organise an annual party for senior citizens, an annual concert which funds bursaries and an art exhibition showcasing Carterton talent.
The club was formed in 1985 and currently has 24 members. Secretary Maddy Radburn said: “It is a real honour for every member of the club.
“It is reflecting the work not only of the club today but all the work we have done over the last 27 years and the way the club has grown.”
She added: “We have got to live up to the award now and it has spurred us on. It makes us proud to be a Carterton Lion and proud to be part of Carterton.”