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Royal Recognition for Castlefield Forum

Updated: Jan 11

Castlefield Forum has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.



We are absolutely delighted to announce that Castlefield Forum has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognising best practice in volunteering work. It is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is the equivalent of getting an MBE.


On August 28th, members of the Castlefield Forum collected an engraved, commemorative crystal trophy and a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen at a special ceremony at Gorton Monastery in Manchester. These were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Paul Griffiths DL.


Carol Middleton said: “The Forum was born through a common love for our neighourhood and this underpins everything we do to this day. For a decade we have been the major voice for this area’s community and been the driving force behind a range of community activities from history information boards to securing ‘Outstanding’ North West in Bloom awards. We hold quarterly members meetings at Dukes 92 which anyone with an interest in the area is welcome to attend, and maintain an active social media presence to sustain engagement with the community between meetings. It is a huge honour to receive this award and recognition of the part all our members have played over the years in helping make Castlefield a wonderful place to live, work and play. We all feel very fortunate to live in this historic part of the city centre and hope to play a small part in ensuring it remains a very special place for generations to come.


“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the committee members and volunteers who have worked with us over the years, and we owe an enormous amount lot to the late Ian Christie, founding member and former Forum Secretary, without whom the Forum may not be here today.”


The Castlefield Forum was one of 35 Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service to be handed out to Greater Manchester voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises, in a record year.


Trustees and Volunteers after the awards ceremony at Gorton Monastery on 28 August 2019

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