THE Haltwhistle Partnership has been given the royal seal of approval for its contribution to the community after being awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The award is the highest honour a local voluntary group can receive in the UK
and is equivalent to an MBE.

The Haltwhistle Partnership, a group of volunteers based in and around Haltwhistle, exists to benefit local people and brings together those with an interest in the wellbeing and sustainability of the area and its communities.

Julie Gibbon, Chair of the Partnership, said: “We are delighted to receive such a
prestigious award.

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"Whether it is litter picking, gardening, making tea, offering advice,
running activities or trailblazing new ideas, we couldn’t achieve anything without our
wonderful volunteers.

"This award is recognition for the efforts that everyone has
contributed over the last 25 years and we are truly honoured to receive it.”

Representatives of the Haltwhistle Partnership will receive the award crystal and
certificate from the Duchess of Northumberland, the Lord-Lieutenant of Northumberland, later this summer.

Two volunteers from the Partnership will also attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023, along with other recipients of this year’s prestigious award.