The annual Civic Service, which was organised on behalf of the council by Councillor Olwyn Barnett, was held in the beautiful surroundings of Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 17 March followed by a small reception at Hereford Town Hall. The service specifically recognised the county’s many volunteers who give their time to help others.
The service was attended by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire Lady Darnley, Herefordshire Council’s chairman Councillor Olwyn Barnett and leader Councillor John Jarvis, county mayors and councillors and senior council officers.
Councillor Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council, said: "We have many reasons to be proud of our county and the events of last year were the perfect celebration of everything Herefordshire has to offer. We are also proud to have so many charitable people across the county who selflessly help others in their communities, whether it’s by running tea dances and social clubs, counselling residents, organising activities for carers or simply collecting shopping for a neighbour."
"Herefordshire is fortunate to have such a wealth of volunteers and I was delighted to honour some of them at this year’s Civic Service. Although I must stress that there are many other unsung heroes across the county and on behalf of the council I’d like to thank them all for their dedication, care and generosity of spirit towards their neighbours."
Will Lindesay, chief executive of Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service, said: "We were delighted when we heard Councillor Barnett was honouring the county’s volunteers in this year’s Civic Service. We work with so many people who give their time to help others and it is wonderful to be able to publically recognise some of them for their selfless dedication."
"The volunteers who attended the Civic Service were thrilled to be invited and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon."