Following official promulgation in the London Gazette of 2nd June 2013 on the 60th anniversary of Her Coronation, Her Majesty the Queen has graciously approved Her Award for Voluntary Service to National Coastwatch (Lincolnshire). The volunteer coastal safety stations at Mablethorpe and Skegness have therefore been jointly honoured. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups serving their community.
· The award was created in 2002 as part of celebrations for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and was originally known as The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award, and is the highest honour that the nation can bestow on a Voluntary Organisation and is recognised as the MBE for volunteer groups rather than individuals.
· Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Nominations are assessed by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to The Queen.
· Winning groups receive a certificate personally signed by Her Majesty and a commemorative piece of engraved crystal for display at the group’s main place of operation. The Awards are normally presented on behalf of The Queen by the County Lord-Lieutenant or Lieutenant-Governor. Details of the presentation ceremony to NCI (Lincolnshire) will be advised in due course.
· National Coastwatch, otherwise known as the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), Skegness, was formed in 2004. Formerly at Ingoldmells Point and now based at Winthorpe since 2008, the station has now contributed over 30,000 hours safety surveillance watches, whilst NCI Mablethorpe, which formed in February 2009, and is located Sea View Car Park, Quebec Road, has also have amassed some 17,000 watch hours, all at no cost to the public purse. Both teams have safety lookouts manned every day of the year.