THE WASHBURN Heritage Centre is to receive the highest award for voluntary groups in the UK.

The Fewston based venue, which puts on a varied programme of artistic and social events plus exhibitions, will be presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the autumn.

It is one of four North Yorkshire charities that were named when this year’s 230 winners were announced on Tuesday, June 2.

The heritage centre will receive its award at a reception at the home of the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Jo Ropner, in the autumn. Mrs Ropner said: “I am delighted to congratulate the four charities with this award, all of which are brilliant examples of what can be achieved by volunteers.

“It is their hard work and dedication that improves the life of so many in our local communities.”