DUKE OF YORK COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AWARD

In November 2012, we were advised to apply for the above award as the work we had been doing, in the opinion of another winner of the award, more than merited consideration.

I submitted an application in January 2013 and in September, 2013, assessors visited the village to examine our application. They were given a full presentation of work that we had been doing supported by children from the local school who came with the Head Teacher.

In due course we heard the news that we had been successful and that we had been invited to a presentation ceremony at The Spa, Bridlington on 10th October 2013.

We were amongst a number of winners and so four of us set off to meet the Duke of York: John Ellwood, Eileen Crisp, Tony Stevens and Brian Elsey.

This was a very grand affair with refreshments and the opportunity to meet all the other winners.

Whilst I was away, the other three had decided that I would collect the award from the Duke so, some nervous time later, I mounted the stage to shake hands with His Royal Highness and receive the certificate.

Once all the awards had been distributed, the Duke came down for a more informal chat to learn what we had been doing and to congratulate us. This was a very proud day for a little Society.

In 2018 we received a request from the organisers to reapply for the award as it only lasts for 5 years.

On 30th November 2018, the Society were delighted to welcome two Assessors from the Award Scheme to North Duffield Village Hall. They were given a presentation of the activities of the Society since our last award in 2013 and a display of artefacts from our archaeological excavations and the model of the village created by Tony Stevens. Present were John Ellwood, Tony Stevens, Brian Elsey and Mark Simpson. We await their deliberations which, we are told, will become known in February 2019.

Once all the awards had been distributed, the Duke came down for a more informal chat to learn what we had been doing and to congratulate us. This was a very proud day for a little Society.

In 2018 we received a request from the organisers to reapply for the award as it only lasts for 5 years.

On 30th November 2018, the Society were delighted to welcome two Assessors from the Award Scheme to North Duffield Village Hall. They were given a presentation of the activities of the Society since our last award in 2013 and a display of artefacts from our archaeological excavations and the model of the village created by Tony Stevens. Present were John Ellwood, Tony Stevens, Brian Elsey and Mark Simpson. We await their deliberations which, we are told, will become known in February 2019.