Volunteers’ Week 40th anniversary celebration

Mayor with volunteers

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council invited volunteers from across the borough to a special afternoon tea at Mill Green Watermill and Museum on Friday 7 June.

The event marked the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, which not only encourages more people to take up the cause but celebrates those who generously give their time to help others through volunteering and make such a difference to their communities.

Following on from last year’s successful event, the council again welcomed volunteers of all ages who had been nominated by the various local organisations, including H’arts In Mind, Food Rescue Hub and Platypus Swimming Club, among others.

From 1pm the participants enjoyed a drinks reception on the Mill Green lawn in the sunshine, followed by afternoon tea, live music, a look around a display of the reasons behind the incredible nominations submitted by local organisations and an optional private tour of the Watermill by the Museum’s Miller.

The Deputy Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Lynn Chesterman OBE was there to formally introduce the event, and chat to the volunteers throughout the afternoon. Chief Executive of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Ka Ng also attended and spoke to everyone gathered, highlighting her appreciation of their continued work.

Music was provided courtesy of talented local singer Daisy Pringle, and there was even a game in the shape of a word challenge. On each table there were envelopes containing Scrabble letters, from which each group had to make words spelling out the qualities of those who volunteer. There was also a bonus word to be found, with the winners receiving a prize!

The event was rounded off with the awarding of certificates to all the attending volunteers, as a permanent record of thanks for everything they do to help others.   

Cllr Chesterman said:

“It was wonderful to speak to volunteers about all the different types of work they do, all of which benefits our community in a myriad of ways. It was humbling to see how enthusiastically they go about this work. They are all an inspiration, and I am so pleased that we could recognise them in this way. I would encourage anyone with a bit of spare time to get involved in volunteering if they can, as it is so rewarding yet such a vital role to play.”

Published: 10th June 2024