They have given up thousands of hours of their own time to help others and now the efforts of a group of dedicated Bournville volunteers are to be recognised by the Queen.
Rowheath Pavilion, an historic community building in the heart of Bournville which relies on an army of more than 150 volunteers to run, will be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.
On behalf of the Queen, The Duke will present the prestigious accolade, the highest award given to voluntary groups in the UK, during a visit to the Pavilion on Tuesday (22nd).
Whilst there he will also meet some of the many volunteers who help run the Pavilion and in turn help to provide sport, leisure and recreational activities to tens of thousands of people each year.
He will also take a tour of the building which, thanks to support from Bournville Village Trust, the Football Foundation and Birmingham City Council, recently opened a new changing facility to boost grassroots football and support the 32 football teams, rugby and running clubs that currently use its seven sports pitches and grounds.
Duncan Cadbury, Chair of Bournville Village Trust and a great enthusiast for the work of Rowheath Pavilion, will also say a few words recognising the vital role played by Rowheath’s volunteers.
Duncan Cadbury, Chair of Bournville Village Trust, said: “Over the last few years, Rowheath Pavilion has gone from strength to strength, providing services and events that bring the Bournville community together.
“This success would not have been possible without the vital work of volunteers who unselfishly give up their time again and again for the benefit of so many.”
Mark Isgrove, Manager of Rowheath Pavilion, said: “Rowheath depends on the help of our wonderful volunteers as without their commitment a lot of the services we provide for the community would be near impossible.
“This award is testament to their hard work and dedication in making Rowheath a success, and we look forward to meeting His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and thanking him for presenting us with this award which we are very proud to receive.”
Rowheath Pavilion, which is managed by charity the Trinity Christian Centre Trust on behalf of, and with support from, Bournville Village Trust, was first opened in 1924.
Originally a clubhouse and changing facility for people using the many acres of sports fields, bowling greens, the fishing lake and lido, the Pavilion went on to host elaborate balls and dinners.
At the heart of the community, it was designed for the benefit of Cadbury workers, their families and local people, and offered a place to relax, stay healthy and enjoy free time.
Today, the Pavilion continues to be at the heart of the community, providing facilities for sport, recreation, children’s activities, social events and a community cafe, all year round.
For more information about Rowheath Pavilion, visit the website by clicking here.