The Chairman of The Arts Society Shrewsbury has received The Arts Society’s Committee Marsh Award 2019.
At the National AGM in London on 15 May, Yvonne Bridgeland stepped up to receive the award from Charles Micklewright from the Marsh Chritian Trust in the presence of UK representatives of The Arts Society.
The citation, read out by Trustee and Vice-chairman Roger Duckworth, extolled Shrewsbury's volunteering work with Young Arts, Church Recording and Heritage Volunteering. Of particular mention was the sponsorship obtained for the £2000 Golden Jubilee Young Arts Bursary (from Lowe & Fletcher, Awards Production Ltd, and Tanners Wines), and the Shrewsbury Bookfest Book Awards Illustration competition for Years 5 and 6 children in Shropshire, with sponsorship for the 92-piece art boxes for each of the winners in 31 schools. In addition, Shrewsbury was recognised for: their impact on the local community with the above prizes; the very important and worthwhile volunteering projects at Shropshire Archives and the Ironbridge Tile Museum; in Church Recording and Trails of Discovery; and their sponsorship of Shropshire Youth Theatre (Pride and Prejudice) and Shropshire Youth Choir (Romany Wood). They were particularly impressed with the Mailchimp campaign to boost volunteer numbers at the Archives from 3 to 18. “Shrewsbury Society clearly understands and embraces the values of The Arts Society and demonstrates them through the impact they have on the community around Shrewsbury."
Pictured (L-R): Roger Duckworth, Yvonne Bridgeland and Charles Micklewright