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Queen's Award - a legacy

HRH The Duke of Kent presents SWINDON 105.5 with MBE

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Queen Elizabeth II believed in recognising community and charitable organisations; in her name the MBE for Community Organisations was establisehed.

One of her legacies is the Queen's Award For Voluntary Organisations


In 2014, we were very honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK), presented to us by HRH the Duke of Kent during his visit to our studios.

You can watch more about the day on our YouTube channel here.


Station Manager Shirley Ludford “I was interviewed for a few hours the Autumn before and we heard in May 2014 that the Radio Station was to be recognised for its work in the community and the achievements of so many individuals, later hearing that the award was to be delivered in person by HRH The Duke of Kent. This is an exciting recognition of our work and a credit to all the individuals who make up SWINDON 105.5, as well as the achievements of all those who come to the Station.


In addition to presenting the Queens Award to the station, The Duke unveiled a plaque to one of our recently upgraded studio in association with Drove School. This follows on from Shirley teaching students who, at age 9, became the country’s youngest NCFE Level 1 radio accredited certificates holders.



"SWINDON 105.5 is Swindon" 
Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey (2014)

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