Thornbury Volunteer Centre hosted their annual Christmas thank you lunch on Friday 7 December for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations in the Thornbury and district community. They welcomed special guests Tom Frost, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and Cllr Shirley Holloway, Thornbury Town Mayor, together with 60 guests representing 26 organisations.

As they are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, they decided to combine this with an award ceremony to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to their community. The 30th Anniversary Awards for Volunteering Excellence went to:

Thornbury in Bloom, whose volunteers have for almost 30 years brightened up the town with creative floral displays.

Thornbury Christmas Lights Association for the hard work and dedication of their volunteers in ensuring that the lights are purchased, erected, serviced, maintained, taken down, stored, lovingly cared for and renewed as required.

Thornbury Magazine for producing a magazine which is a mine of information and is delivered to every one of the more than 6,000 homes in the parish of Thornbury each month.

Essilor Ltd for their strong volunteering focus — a team help at Filnore Woods regularly, volunteer opportunities have been posted on staff notice boards and the company has supported people with low-level mental health issues through volunteering placements within the company.

The Swan Inn  under the guiding light of publican Sandra Davies for raising over £100,000 for various local charities through their in-house fund-raising events including their weekly charity quiz night.

They also presented their annual Alan Hudson Award for Volunteering Achievement.

to Sandi Shallcross of Thornbury and District Museum. Sandi has led the museum through three successful rounds of accreditation, gives practical and moral support to other museums and is always willing to discuss and investigate enquiries from anyone who contacts the museum with an interesting object or local query. She has fostered the museum’s friendly, professional approach, which so encourages community involvement.

Special thanks go to Tesco Bags of Help, which supported part of this event.

**Photo - Brian Roberts receiving the award for Thornbury Christmas Lights Association from Tom Frost, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.**