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Royal Award

CELEBRATIONS were under way after a Burton-based charity was awarded the Queen's Award.

Project leaders at the Kingfisher Project were delighted to reveal they had been handed the highest award for voluntary groups.

Keith Lemare, 65, runs the volunteer group in partnership with Trent & Dove and provides garden projects across Burton.

He said: "It is a fantastic achievement and it really doesn't get any better than this award – it is the icing on the cake.

"I haven't really got the words to describe the feeling; it's just a fantastic achievement for the group.

"It has taken a lot of hard work but it is fantastic recognition for everyone involved and they should be so proud."

The news had been kept secret until an embargo was lifted.

Mr Lemare gathered the volunteers to tell them at a celebration party.

It was a double celebration for the group, as it opened a community garden in the Trent & Dove complex in Beresford Close.

The garden will be open for use by residents of Beresford Close.

Speaking at the opening of the community garden in Beresford Close, which is part of the Kingfisher Project, Ursula Bennion, chief executive of Trent & Dove Housing spoke of her enormous admiration and respect for the community partnership which had made the project such a success.

She said: "It is an enormous honour to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service – especially in Her Majesty's 90th year.

"The Kingfisher Project represents the very pinnacle of tenant-led participation and demonstrates the transformative effect local communities can have on their environment

This award is testament to the continuous and tireless hard work of a whole community and in particular that of Keith Lemare, one of the founding members of this project.

"His continued dedication has seen the project grow and develop to meet the community's new and emerging needs."

The garden has been designed to fit in with the National Forest and Mr Lemare hopes it will be of great use.

He added: "I hope people will enjoy the garden as it is for them."

Mr Lemare thanked Dawn Maddin from Trent & Dove for helping him through a difficult year personally.

There was a special plaque put up in the garden for Eaton Foundation volunteer Martin Lenny Harrison, who died suddenly in March.

The Kingfisher Project is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

(c) 2016 Burton Mail

Impact on the Community Awards 2015


The kingfisher Project won the Impact on the community awards again in 2015

Read more: http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Trent-amp-Dove-s-impact-community-awards/story-28268020-detail/story.html#ixzz40XRmsATs 

Children's Board Presentation at Kingfisher Project

Read more: http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Children-s-board-presentation-Horninglow-s/story-27833524-detail/story.html#ixzz40XTh8H7h 
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10th Year Celebration


WHEN Keith Lemare set up the Kingfisher Project he was warned it would nose-dive – but 10 years on it is still going strong.

Mr Lemare, 64, co-founded the Kingfisher Project in 2005 in a partnership with a number of agencies, including Trent and Dove Housing, to improve key locations in Burton.

Ten years later, several projects have been completed and are currently being enjoyed by residents.

This includes the Kingfisher Trail between Eton and Shobnall Leisure Centre.

Mr Lemare promised his wife before she died three years ago that he would continue his work.

He deserves much praise for his hard work and dedication to putting others before himself and improving their lives.

Read more: http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Mail-says-Tenth-year-celebrations-project/story-27603402-detail/story.html#ixzz40XSybaZv 
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Impact on the Community Awards 2014



‘Members of the Kingfisher Project were pleased to be the recipients of the Overall Impact on the Community by an Organisation Award at the high profile Trent & Dove Housing Community awards held at Branston Golf and Country Club in November 2014. Presented by Peter Haydock from Novus Property Solutions, the award was collected by Kingfisher members, Keith Lemare and Stephen Shelley (pictured). The judges comments about the Project stated – “Year after year, the Kingfisher Group continue to amaze us with the new and exciting projects that they undertake without hesitation. They never waver and are consistent in their high levels of impact on the community. We thought the idea of the recycled bottle greenhouse was ingenious!”’