Luctonians Sports Club
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

“Promoting and inspiring sporting and social participation in rural Herefordshire and the surrounding community”

Officially announced in The London Gazette on Sunday 2nd June 2019, Luctonians were one of 261 voluntary groups in the United Kingdom to receive this prestigious award.

Nominations for the award were considered by a panel, following which, in April, The Palace wrote:

“The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the Independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2019. This represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation and we hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, will feel immensely proud of it.”

Following this, in May, Chairman Simon ‘Sam’ Whiteman, together with Operations Manager, Alex Smith, attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Simon Whiteman and Alex Smith arrive at The Palace, Tailed but not Topped.
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On Friday 22nd November 2019, at Mortimer Park, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, the Dowager Countess of Darnley CVO, escorted by members of 151 – Leominster Squadron Air Training Corps, presented the award to volunteer of many years standing and newly appointed Hon. Life Member, John Langley and Club President, Charlie Blandford.

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The Crystal shall be “a reminder of the appreciation and respect felt for Luctonians, across our counties and indeed, nationally”. 

Click below to view the presentation video.


This award is for the Luctonians Sports Club, and therefore belongs to all people involved in whatever sport or aspect of the club, especially our hundreds of volunteers.

Thank You All – Here it is – You’ve Earned it

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