Brighter Uckfield to receive King’s Award for Voluntary Service

An Uckfield community group is set to be awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) crystal and certificate in a ceremony at the Civic Centre Uckfield.

Brighter Uckfield, who have been volunteering in the town for 18 years, first announced the news of their recognition in November 2023 as one of 262 groups across the UK and Channel Islands selected to receive the honour.


Now, they will receive the Award in a ceremony that members of the public are invited to attend.


The Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Andrew Blackman CStJ, will present the crystal and certificate to Brighter Uckfield on Thursday 15 February 2024, with guests invited to arrive by 1.45 PM ahead of the ceremony’s 2.00 PM start.


The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Graham Peters DL, and Deputy Lieutenants, Sarah Stonor DL and Carola Godman Irvine DL, will also be present at the ceremony, alongside Uckfield Town Mayor, Councillor Jackie Love.


Honorary President and co-founder of Brighter Uckfield, Mr Ian Smith, will accept the Award before members of Brighter Uckfield are invited to join the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants for an official photograph.


Afterwards, members of the group, along with attendees and key members of the community, will be invited to meet the Lord-Lieutenant over refreshments. 


The ceremony should then conclude by 3.00 PM.


Free three-hour parking is available for attendees at the Luxford Field (TN22 1AL), while free two-hour parking is also available at Tesco (TN22 1BA).

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