Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

It is with great pride that we can announce that the Trust has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). QAVS is equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust is one of only 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and is announced each year, on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

It recognises the work our volunteers have undertaken to transform the former redundant, historic water mill into a thriving community theatre, for more than 40 years.

Representatives of SMTT will receive the award from Helen Nellis, Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire later this summer, with two volunteers due to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021.

Douglas Pope, Chairman of the Trust said:

“It is a great honour to receive this award which is in recognition of the selfless endeavours of so many since we embarked upon the “Mill Theatre Project “ in 1975. This achievement enables us to welcome and encourage anyone, whatever their age or ability, to participate in every aspect of theatre. Our volunteers not only make it possible to present quality theatrical productions, but with their assistance we are able to continually improve the building, keep our wardrobe stocked, arrange the props and sets and tirelessly fundraise to keep our unique building running, whatever the situation.”

You can find out more about the Award on the UK Government website here.