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  • October 15, 2018


Queens Volunteer Award
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
Congratulations to our Business Development Director Andrew Lamb, who was one of over 1000 cast and crew of the action packed show, Kynren who this summer, won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This prestigious award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of The Queen's coronation and is the MBE for volunteer groups.
MBE for Volunteers
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award, and each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Anne Isabelle Daulon, Chief Executive of Eleven Arches, the organisation behind the show commented that 'this award recognised the tireless work that each and every volunteer has put into bringing to life the history of the nation and of the North East in a spectacular show; it is testament to the year-round dedication of all to producing it to world class standards. It is also the recognition that our show has real impact, not only on the community of Archers but also more widely on our communities. This is a fantastic achievement!'

Andrew has been a volunteer in Kynren (which takes place every summer in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham and is ranked as one of the Top 3 performances in the UK by trip advisor) now for 3 seasons.

Kynren  Kynren

The action-packed live blockbuster plays out on a vast stage with a lake at its centre and beneath the magnificent Auckland Castle, performed by a cast and crew of 1,000 who take you on a journey
through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. The spectacular show is brought to life with magnificent sets, special effects and pyrotechnics and is set to a spine-tingling original soundtrack.

Andrew said 'although I have volunteered all of my adult life, this had to be one of the most challenging, but enjoyable projects that I have ever been involved in. The project has not only offered opportunities to meet new people and create many new friends, it had also allowed me to learn new skills, many of which are transferable. I am very proud to be part of something that has received the recognition of Her Majesty The Queen'.
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