2017 COUNTY GOLD PRESENTATION
Individual presentation photos can be viewed on the next page.
Young people from across Cambridgeshire gathered for a special ceremony in Huntingdon to mark their achievement in gaining Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards.
The Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO CBE presented the young people with certificates of commendation at the ceremony, which was held at Hinchingbrooke School’s Performing Arts Centre. Sir Hugh will retire from the office of Lord Lieutenant in April 2017. As this was his last DofE Gold Presentation whilst in office he was presented with a commemorative engraved glass paperweight and his very own DofE long service certificate for 13 years of DofE support.
Award achievers, parents, grandparents, siblings, supporters, leaders and guests attended the presentation, which was organised by Cambridgeshire County Council.
The event was chaired by Erin Grant who has recently achieved her Gold Award. She was also amongst several Award recipients who gave speeches about their experiences, which highlighted the breadth and variety of the activities they had enjoyed to attain their awards. Participants at the presentation had taken part in activities in the UK, USA, France, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Switzerland and Austria. Challenge and Adventure were common themes in the young people's achievements.
In conjunction with the 2016 Diamond Anniversary year of DofE Awards a keynote speech was given by Miss Judy Scotney from Peterborough. Judy was the first girl in Peterborough to achieve her Gold Award in 1964, having already worked through her Bronze and Silver Awards. She described the structure of the award over 50 years ago and told the audience about her own experiences. Most notable in her award was her time learning wood-working, rifle shooting, car maintenance and electrical safety. Her achievements were documented in a Pathe news item at the time entitled “Woman does man’s work”. This title alone showed how society has changed in the last 50+ years.
At the end of the evening Mrs Tracy Grant, The Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager was presented with her own long service certificate for 20 years of helping young people complete their Awards. Tracy Grant continues to manage her own Award Group (St Ives Open Group) as well as being the DofE manager for the County.
To achieve their Gold award each of the participants had to take part in a physical activity (Physical section), pursue a personal interest (Skill section), spend a minimum of 12 months volunteering (Volunteering section), complete a 4-day expedition (Expedition section) and join a 5 day residential experience (Residential section).