On Tuesday 26th September, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was presented to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper. The Lord Lieutenant was met by the Museum’s Chairman, Group Captain David Baron and, accompanied by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Lady Emma Barnard, was given a conducted tour of the Museum.
In the presentation ceremony, attended by many of the Museum’s 150 volunteers, the Lord Lieutenant said, “I am a great supporter of the Museum” and explained that Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a very prestigious award and that the Museum is therefore one of the best of the best. In 2017 only two organisations were awarded the QAVS in West Sussex.
David Baron responded by thanking the Lord Lieutenant for her support and said that, “All the volunteers over the years deserve credit for this award”.
Amongst the guests were Gillian Keegan, Chichester’s MP, Cllr Lionel Barnard, Chairman West Sussex County Council, Cllr Norma Graves, Vice-Chairman Chichester District Council, Deputy Lieutenants Derek North and Alan Tait and Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, the Museum’s Honorary President.
Main photo: Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, presents the QAVS to the Museum’s Chairman, Group Captain David Baron.
Bottom left: Gillian Keegan, Chichester’s MP, with David Baron.
Bottom right: The Museum’s Chairman shows (l-r) Mr Jonathan Pyper, Lady Emma Barnard, High Sheriff of West Sussex and the Lord Lieutenant the remains of 20-year old Sgt Dennis Noble’s Hawker Hurricane.
Photos: David Burleigh and Brian Blackman.
Click HERE to see Tangmere’s QAVS certificate