Castle date to thank Newark and Sherwood’s volunteers

13 June 2016

NEARLY 250 volunteers were invited to an afternoon of entertainment in the grounds of  Newark Castle as a special  thank-you for the work they do across the district.

Three live acts of music and a return boat trip to Farndon was laid on to the invited guests   - along with a light afternoon tea on Sunday.

The chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Tony Roberts, addressed the volunteers and thanked them for their invaluable contribution.

Council officer Cheska Asman, who coordinated the event, said: “Volunteers devote a tremendous amount of their time to help others throughout the district and this was a way recognising their hard work and to express our gratitude to them.

“Nationally, the work of volunteers has been recognised over the past fortnight and this was an opportunity to mark this locally. It also coincided with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations and although the weather wasn’t great, it was a lovely afternoon.”

Chief Officer at Sherwood and Newark Citizens Advice, Jackie Insley, said: “Despite the weather all our volunteers had a lovely afternoon. The cakes were amazing!”

The musical entertainment included acoustic guitar and singing from Eva, Matt Hayes and August James with catering provided by Newark-based caterers Feeling Peckish.

Those who attended included volunteers from Beaumond House, Citizens Advice, Newark Dementia Carers’ Group, Healthwatch, Framework, Rainworth Village Hall Management Committee, 2ndBalderton Brownies, Oxfam shop, Alzheimer’s Society, Laxton History Group,  Newark Night Shelter, the National Civil War Centre, Newark and Sherwood Community Volunteer Service and Newark and Sherwood District Council’s museums service and parks and amenities.

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