Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust joins Bedford charities awarded Queen’s Award

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre
The cast of Sharnbrook Mill Theatre's production of the Railway Children

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre (SMTT), a group with about 200 volunteers in Sharnbrook, joins Keech Hospice and Autism Bedfordshire as it is honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

It is to recognise the work volunteers have undertaken to transform a redundant historic water mill into a thriving community theatre over more than 40 years. 

SMTT is among 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

QAVS was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

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.”

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