Long service medals presented to Uttlesford volunteers

A GROUP of volunteers from Uttlesford have been recognised for their long service.

Saffron Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst was on hand to present medals to members of the Women’s Royalty Voluntary Service (WRVS) who had all fufilled a minimum of 40 duties over the past 15 years.

The WRVS respond to incidents in the area when the emergency services need assistance, such as providing refreshments and food.

Ex-district organiser Ann Planterose received a special engraved clasp to add to her long service medal that she received in 1996 to recognise a further 12 years service.

She said: “The WRVS is not a proactive group but instead we react when called upon.

“The last major incident was at Stansted Airport when a plane was hijacked. We went and supplied refreshments and food for those at the scene.”

Speaking about the volunteers, Sir Alan said: “I think what they do is terribly important. They are local people and have the connections to be very hands-on without all the bureaucracy.

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“It is these people who make life better by helping to reach all the areas that need to be reached.

“I tell young people whenever I talk to them that whatever they do in life they should try to find some time for people, whether it be a Scout group or something else.

“It makes for a much healthier society.”