The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) receive 2014 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014 was presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis to the Working Volunteer members of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS the friends of the Collection) at the Old Warden aerodrome on Thursday 25 September.
The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society were among five groups selected for the award from over 300 nominated by members of the public. The award is given to those who made a difference to the lives of others, or whose work has benefited their community.
The SVAS’ objectives are to educate the public in the science, practice and history of aviation and motoring by supporting the charitable work of the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden. Collection Trust Chairman Edmund Wood said, “The Collection is an independent unsubsidised trust and operates a world leading collection of vintage and veteran aeroplanes, automobiles motorcycles and bicycles which are maintained in working condition and regularly displayed to the public. Without the support of the working volunteers, who contribute in excess of 25000 hours a year, it would probably be impossible to maintain our status as a living working collection and community educational establishment.’
This unique UK national honour, the highest for groups of volunteers, was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty The Queen to recognise the outstanding contributions that volunteers make to their local communities. It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
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About The Shuttleworth Collection
The Shuttleworth Collection is a unique collection of over forty antique airworthy aeroplanes. Based at Old Warden Park in Bedfordshire, the collection is open to the public all year round, with special flying days and evenings take place from May to October, where visitors have the opportunity to see the aeroplanes fly.
The Collection is under the custodianship of the Shuttleworth Trust, a charitable organisation created in 1940 by Dorothy Shuttleworth in loving memory of her son Richard, after his tragic death in a flying accident aged 31.
About the SVAS
The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society exists to support the outstanding collection of vintage aircraft and vehicles at the Shuttleworth Collection. It is a Charity (no. 800095) made up of thousands of members in many countries, of all ages and from all walks of life, who contribute to keeping the Collection available to the public. For further details visit: www.svasweb.org