IN PICTURES: Duchess of Northumberland hosts party for carers and volunteers at Alnwick Garden

A special garden party was hosted by The Duchess of Northumberland to thank carers and volunteers in the county.

By ian smith
Tuesday, 11 June, 2019, 09:15
Clair and Nick Lewis with Michael and Holly Stafford, all from Alnwick Round Table. Picture by Jane Coltman

The event was laid on by The Duchess in her role as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers and carers make to the local community.

The garden party was staged at The Alnwick Garden and 300 volunteers and carers were invited, along with their partners/guests.

Aileen and David Barrass from Homes for Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman

Fittingly, the event took place during National Carers Week, which aims to raise awareness of the UK’s six-million unpaid carers, as well as celebrating the incredible contribution they make.

During the event, and on behalf of the Queen, the Duchess presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to volunteers from Bell View in Belford.

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.

Guests from the Pottergate Pantry in Alnwick and the NSPCC. Picture by Jane Coltman
Tom and Lindsay Deedigan with Peter and Sally Moores, all representing Alnwick Lions Club. Picture by Jane Coltman
Karen and David Millward from Over The Bridges in Rothbury. Picture by Jane Coltman
Paul and Margaret Claridge from Druridge Bay Community Boxing. Picture by Jane Coltman
Sarah Robinson and Jessica Wakefield from Full Circle Food Project in Ashington. Picture by Jane Coltman
Linda and Jim Thompson from Abbeyfield Extra Care in Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman
The hostess, Jane, Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman
Amy and Peter Hately from Alnwick Shrovetide Football and Stephen Patterson and Allan and Louise Jones from Alnwick Town juniors. Picture by Jane Coltman
Karen McDonald and Brian Martin from Northstar in Berwick with deputy lord lieutenant Lord Joicey. Picture by Jane Coltman
Suzanne Brewis and Sarah Robinson from Contact the Elderly in Blyth and Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman
Sheena Ellaby with Emma Hardman from Northumberland County Council Family Placement Service. Picture by Jane Coltman
David and Sarah Gair from Ellington Juniors. Picture by Jane Coltman
Louise and Mark Brassell from The Alnwick Garden with Tracey Blenkin and carer Fenella Wallis. Picture by Jane Coltman
Brenda Fisher, Mary Thompson and Alan Thompson from the Ashington branch of Macmillan. Picture by Jane Coltman
Volunteers from Bell View in Belford. Picture by Jane Coltman
Andy and Lucy McGregor from ABF The Soldier's Charity. Picture by Jane Coltman
Steve Naylor and Dr Frances Naylor represented the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue service. Picture by Jane Coltman
Jackie and Brenda Frier from the Toby Henderson Trust and Richard and Christine Hardy from Alnwick 1801 Air Cadets. Picture by Jane Coltman
Elaine and Julie Myers from the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Picture by Jane Coltman
Guests representing the County Show. Picture by Jane Coltman
John Laird and Norma Munro-Scullion from SSAFA in Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman
Ann Love from HospiceCare North Northumberland in Wooler, David Exley, Deputy Lieutenant John Lovett, Jonathan Cordon from Brainbox and Julie Cordon. Picture by Jane Coltman
Guests from HospiceCare North Northumberland in Berwick, Andrew Davison OBE, and Tynedale Community Fund. Picture by Jane Coltman
Representatives of Headway Arts in Blyth and the Samaritans in Ashington. Picture by Jane Coltman
Rhythm Stix from Alnwick and the Shindiggers from Berwick were among the groups providing music at the garden party. Picture by Jane Coltman
Catherine and Alan Bell from Morpeth Flood Action group. Picture by Jane Coltman

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Guests from Morpeth Girl Guides, the Pottergate Centre in Alnwick and Rothbury Scouts. Picture by Jane Coltman
Margaret Craigs and Anne Waggitt from the county Blind Association. Picture by Jane Coltman
Deputy lieutenant Carol Malia with guests from Alnwick Garden Trust and Hospice Care North Northumberland.
Margaret Stainsby and Kim Peacock from Friends of Ponteland Park. Picture by Jane Coltman
Volunteers and carers garden party hosted by the Duchess of Northumberland at The Alnwick Garden. Picture by Jane Coltman
Representatives of Loving Alnwick and St James's Church. Picture by Jane Coltman
Deputy Lord Lieutenant Carol Malia welcomed the guests. Picture by Jane Coltman
Etal resident Susan Hugenholtz Reed with Wendy Graham-Weston and guide dog Upton. Picture by Jane Coltman
Jenny Walton and Kerry Ellis from Alnwick Castle Picture by Jane Coltman
fternoon tea if you please..... Picture by Jane Coltman
Guests from Blyth Star Enterprises. Picture by Jane Coltman
Harry and Sandra Norman, volunteers for the National Trust at Seaton Delaval Hall. Picture by Jane Coltman
Paul Havelock fron SSAFA and Stacey Mollon. Picture by Jane Coltman
Among the Ponteland guests were representatives from the Brownies and Guides, Breast Cancer Now and St Mary's Church. Picture by Jane Coltman
Representatives from the County Blind Association and the North East Ambulance Service. Picture by Jane Coltman
NHS young volunteer Alice Thompson and her mum Rachel. Picture by Jane Coltman
Representatives from North East Red Squirrels with Deputy Lieutenant Rev. Judith Grieve. Picture by Jane Coltman
Will Goward, Lisa Gordon and Stephen Ramsay from Forward Assist in Dudley near Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman
Christine Wardlaw and Jane Quigley from Guidepost Scout Group. Picture by Jane Coltman
Representatives from Alnwick Christmas Lights, Alnwick Shrovetide Football committee, Alnwick Rugby Club and Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service. Picture by Jane Coltman
Some of the Alnwick Garden volunteers who assisted at the event. Picture by Jane Coltman
The Jazz Men Picture by Jane Coltman
Margaret Sewell and Mary Murray from Choysez in Bedlington. Picture by Jane Coltman
The Duchess with Mike Allport and Kathleen Allport from Wooler Camera Club. Picture by Jane Coltman
Lillian and George Stokoe from Alnwick Stroke Club with Elizabeth Warman from Macmillan Support Services. Picture by Jane Coltman
Diane Baynton, Margaret Vickers, Mike Allport and Kathleen Allport from Wooler Camera Club. Picture by Jane Coltman
Deputy Lieutenant Kathryn Tickell with guests from the Northumberland Royal Scottish Dance Society. Picture by Jane Coltman
Lesley Rowell and Jean Oliver from Northumberland County Show. Picture by Jane Coltman
Members of Alnwick and Cramlington Air Cadets. Picture by Jane Coltman
Ava-Mae Rabbitts and Autumn Rabbitts from Barndale House Special School in Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman
Volunteers from Cystic Fibrosis North East. Picture by Jane Coltman
From Morpeth there were representatives of Carers Northumberland and the British Heart Foundation who are seen with volunteers from Daft as a Brush. Picture by Jane Coltman