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Royal School Sixth Former part of volunteer team awarded honour from The Queen

Recently, Royal School Sixth Former Verity Foster was informed that she, along with her co-workers on the Haslemere Museum Volunteer Team, had been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This unique UK national honour, created by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002 to mark her Golden Jubilee, is the highest award that can be made to local volunteer groups to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities and sets a national benchmark for excellence. The award is equivalent to the MBE for a voluntary group.

Verity has been an honorary beekeeper at Haslemere Museum for the past four years and during that time she has been responsible for completing weekly inspections of the colonies, mentoring adult beekeepers, and planning and participating in activity days for children visiting the museum. In 2014, the Museum asked Verity to be their speaker at the Amateur Entomologist Society AGM. Later that year she gained first prize in the National Honey Show for photography.

In addition to the weekly Sunday morning inspections, Verity has also helped to raise in excess of £750 for the museum with the sale of honey harvested from the museum bees, bottled and labelled to food hygiene standards.

Verity has also given her musical talent to the museum; having achieved Distinction at Grade 8, she often plays the harp as background music for various fundraising events and celebrations that take place.

Verity is delighted to be part of the Haslemere Museum Team, sharing her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment for the natural world with her local community.

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