Museum Volunteers’ Special Day

On His Majesty’s 75th birthday last November we reported the very happy news that individuals and groups volunteering at Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum (FWK) had been awarded the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This is the highest Royal accolade a local voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is equivalent to an MBE. FWK was one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive our new King’s first awards in 2023. Their work, along with others from across the UK, aims to remind us about all the ways volunteers are contributing to their local communities and working to make life better for those around them.

Last Sunday (9th June) museum volunteers gathered at the historic Chapel Street premises to be officially presented with their KAV Award by Nottingham’s new Lord Lieutenant, Professor Veronica Pickering (top photo, courtesy of FWKM).

A museum spokesperson said: “Thanks to all of our volunteers and friends/supporters of the museum who attended, including Rushcliffe Borough Council, amongst others. We couldn’t do it without you.  Thanks also to Philo’s for catering and the sunshine for making an appearance!”

The award is not only in recognition of the considerable amount of work done by the museum’s volunteers and trustees but also the other volunteer groups there; including Ruddington Gardeners Club, Nature in Mind, The Ruddington Yarn Ninjas and the Second Turning Textile Group.

The recently expanded Framework Knitters’ Museum on Chapel Street is now home to even more voluntary groups and volunteers

The Ruddington museum currently has extended opening hours for the summer. Over the next few months it’s open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sundays from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. You can find more details >>HERE<<.

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