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6.1 Along with the rest of the UK, the people of Gloucestershire came together on the bank holiday weekend of 6 May 2023 to celebrate the Coronation of HM King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and to mark this historic occasion in a variety of community gatherings and events.
6.2 Street Parties, Big Lunches and the Big Help Out on Monday 8 May not only provided the opportunity to reflect on the work and service of His Majesty the King, but to also showcase the value and importance of volunteering within our communities.
6.3 In partnership with the Gloucestershire Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) Alliance, local volunteers were invited to join HRH The Princess Royal, Bishop Rachel and the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, at a County Coronation Service at Gloucester Cathedral on Monday 8 May in recognition of their work and to highlight the positive impact of community volunteering. The people of Gloucestershire not only came together in celebration, but also, in appreciation of those who contribute so much to the wellbeing of our communities.
6.4 The Chair welcomed everyone to the new ‘Carolean Era’ - God Save The King.
6.5 Earlier in the year, Buckingham Palace announced the launch of ‘The Coronation Champions Award for Volunteers’ as an official Coronation Project to celebrate the extraordinary work of volunteers from across the country. In Gloucestershire, 3 volunteers were recognised and awarded the title of Coronation Champion. They included; Hashim Norat from Gloucester, Michael Charlton-Hubble from Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean and Lesley Greene from Stroud.
6.6 The Chair congratulated all three Champions.
Kings Award for Enterprise (Gloucestershire) Recipients 2023
6.7 Prior to 2023, Queen’s Award for Enterprise were awarded annually by HM The Queen in recognition of, and to encourage, outstanding achievements in the fields of international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity, (through social mobility). Announced on 21 April 2023, (HM The Queen’s Birthday), 148 organisations were recognised in this, the first iteration of the King's Award for Enterprise, with 148 organisations recognised, including 3 Gloucestershire based organisations.
6.8 On behalf of the Council, the Chair congratulated:
Doddl, Gloucestershire (awarded the Kings Award for Innovation)
Formed in 2017, this Nailsworth-based business distributes children’s cutlery to more than 30 countries.
Trackwise Designs PLC (awarded the Kings Award for Innovation)
Founded in 1989, this Tewkesbury based firm uses printed circuit technology to develop products for the aerospace, automotive, medical and scientific sectors.
Advanced Innergy, (AIS) (awarded the Kings Award for International Trade)
Based in Quedgeley, Marine manufacturer, Advanced Innergy, (trading as AIS), is a leading provider of subsea products, insulation and fire protection systems.
6.9 Mike Williams former councillor and honorary alderman sadly passed away last week. Mike sat on the council between 1977 until 1993 before once again being elected between 2009 and 2013.
6.10 Mike sat on Planning Committee and Environment and also served on Stroud District Council.
6.11 The Leader paid tribute to Mike for his length of service representing Stroud at both district and county level. He was always a real gentleman, he had a huge amount of knowledge and understanding and was dedicated to serving his communities. Members would mark his loss and thank him for his service.
6.12 Cllr David Drew also paid tribute to Mike for his determination during his role as a councillor, representing his residents to the best of his ability. It would be a very sad loss for many.
6.13 Members stood in a 1-minute silence as a mark of respect for Mike.