Published: 14/07/2017 16:35 - Updated: 15/07/2017 10:00

Gairloch volunteers awarded highest honour for heritage work

Volunteers have been given the highest honour available.
Volunteers have been given the highest honour available.
DEDICATED volunteers who have been preserving the heritage of their area for the past 40 years have been honoured with a prestigious award.


Gairloch and District Heritage Company has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The group runs the Gairloch Heritage Museum and is currently undertaking an ambitious redevelopment project to build a new home for the museum.

The work done by the group for the community was hailed by the independent assessment committee who made the recommendation for the award.

Curator of Gairloch Heritage Museum Dr Karen Buchanan said: “I am thrilled that our fabulous group of volunteers has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen.

"It is a proud moment for the museum, which punches well above its weight thanks to the dedication and talents of all involved. Our volunteers really do deserve this award as they work tirelessly not only to preserve the heritage of the communities we serve, but also to create a fantastic heritage and education facility for the future.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering by such groups. Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty will present the award to the museum volunteers at the Gairloch Sheepdog Trials tomorrow.

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