Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service given to St Albans Organ Museum

St Albans Organ Theatre

St Albans Organ Theatre - Credit: St Albans Organ Theatre

St Albans Musical Museum Society (SAMMS), previously known as St Albans Organ Museum, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

The award was announced by the Lord Lieutenant for Herts, Robert Voss CBE, and is one of five presented to groups across the county.

The QAVS was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and has been awarded every year on June 2 since 2003.

Any group doing voluntary work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated, and 31 groups in Herts have previously been awarded the QAVS, including Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Mr Voss said: “This award is equivalent to an individual honour for exceptional service to the community. All five groups have been honoured for their committed community work in Hertfordshire.”

SAMMS aims to advance the public’s appreciation and knowledge of the art, science and technology relating to historical, mechanical musical instruments including rescuing, maintaining and playing redundant theatre and cinema organs.

The Lord Lieutenant added: “I see so much excellent voluntary work done across Hertfordshire. I would encourage Hertfordshire residents to nominate groups which provide exceptional service within the county for a Queen’s Award.”

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Mr Voss will be presenting the QAVS to SAMMS volunteers at their 40th anniversary celebrations on June 16.

Guidance on criteria for a QAVS, how to nominate and the application form are available at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk. There is also information on the county lieutenancy website: https://lord-lieutenant-herts.org.uk/the-queens-award-for-voluntary-service.aspx