Call for Queen’s #Volunteer Award Nominations

Ernest Thomas II Photo by John Hill

Ernest Thomas II – Photo by John Hill

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr Paul Sabapathy CBE has called on the West Midlands to nominate outstanding local voluntary groups for next year’s  Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.

If you have benefited from the work of a local community boating project, or know of a group that deserves the award then do consider nominating them.  Nominations for the 2014 Award can be submitted online before Monday 30th September 2013 and successful groups will be announced in June 2014.

Winning an award like this raises a charity’s profile, attracting new volunteers and boosting the morale of current volunteers. Being granted this honour recognises both the key role that boating projects play in the community, and the benefits received by individuals.

For full details of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services visit

NCBA member the South Staffordshire Narrow Boat Company in Wolverhampton is to be presented with the award this year.

Tony Gregory, Acting Chairman of the South Staffordshire Narrow Boat Company said “As the owners and operators of the 70 feet long narrow boat “Ernest Thomas II” for the past 26 years, our volunteers have steered the charity along a very successful path. Many people from elderly, disadvantaged and physically impaired groups have benefited from the tireless efforts of our 40+ unpaid members. From organising the office, steering the boat, annual refits, regular maintenance to bricklaying and slab laying – all done by volunteers. This award is a much appreciated recognition of their time so freely given.”

If you’d like to nominate a project for the 2014 award you can go directly to the Online Nomination Form at  Simply read the guidance notes, before signing up and submitting the form.

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  1. David Otway 8th October 2013 at 14:22 - Reply

    LNBP at Braunston [London Narrowboat Project] received the Queen’s award in 2006, I believe the first NCBA member to achieve this. It was very timely as it coincided with our 25th Anniversary. Go for it!!.
    Dave Otway,
    Fund Raising Officer and Company Secretary.

    • Peggy 10th October 2013 at 14:31 - Reply

      Congratulations Dave! I have amended your listing on the members page too. 🙂 Peggy

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