Warwickshire's lord lieutenant notches up the miles - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire's lord lieutenant notches up the miles

Leamington Editorial 22nd Mar, 2024   0

WARWICKSHIRE’S Lord Lieutenant has been notching up the miles recently.

Tim Cox and his deputy lieutenants have been travelling across the county in recent weeks to attend notable community events.

The visits have included the official presentation of a King’s Award for Voluntary Service, attending a variety show performed by local Scout and Guide movements, and cutting the ribbon for the official opening of Castle Farm Leisure Centre in Kenilworth.

Mr Cox officially presented Fay McSorley, chairperson at Rugby Autism Network, with the charity’s King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The charity received this award for its support to parents and carers of young autistic people in Rugby, enabling families to enjoy quality time together by having access to autism-friendly events, bespoke days out, learning materials, workshops, and social support. It is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

Deputy lieutenant and former high sheriff of Warwickshire, David Kelham, attended the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington on behalf of Warwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant as special guest to watch the Warwickshire Gang Show.

The event is a family-friendly variety show performed by members of the Scout and Guide movements from across the county. Now in its 52nd year, the annual event was performed daily by young people aged six to 25 and showcased plenty of music, vibrancy, movement, and fun.

And Mr Cox attended the official opening of Castle Farm Leisure Centre, including the adjacent Scout and Guide Centre, in Kenilworth.

Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist, Colin Jackson, and freestyle footballer and Guinness World Record holder, Jamie Knight, joined the lord lieutenant in an official ribbon cutting ceremony alongside representatives from Warwick District Council and Everyone Active to mark the grand opening.

Castle Farm Leisure Centre opened to the public in December 2023 following a £16million build completed over 20 months.

Mr Cox, said: “It is always a pleasure and a privilege to attend these special events and to connect with our local communities, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding individuals and organisations.

“These moments highlight the incredible spirit we have within Warwickshire, and how as individuals and as a community we can deliver activities and remarkable opportunities that deliver a positive impact.”

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