Monday, 21 November 2011

Wintershall Cast Honoured with Queen's Award

Peter Hutley and his wife Ann with the Queen's Award celebration cake
Her Majesty Qeen Elizabeth II awarded the Wintershall cast, artistic director and support team with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. This is a highly unusual accolade for an unusual group of people. Presenting the award as the Queen’s representative Mrs Sarah Goad, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, congratulated the past and present members in the way in which the now famous plays had brought God to people in the modern world. “The Wintershall plays have become the Oberammergau of England” Mrs Goad reflected.

Three hundred were gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late autumn in Holly Barn, where the Acts of the Apostles and the Nativity plays are performed. A host of dignitaries also came for this unique occasion including the Deputy Lieutenants of Surrey, High Sheriff of the County of Surrey, Vice Chairman of Surrey County Council, the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, the Mayor and Mayoress of Waverley Borough Council and their Chief Executive, and our own Deacon Roy Waters from Bramley and Cranleigh.

Peter Hutley, accepting the award on behalf of the cast, gave his personal appreciation for all that they have done and continue to do “In addition, I would like to give my public thanks to my wife, Ann, who has supported my vision throughout this evangelisation”. Much applause broke out at this point, only to be interrupted by Peter with a twinkle in his eye “Thanks, but not too much applause please!”

Artistic Director, Ashley Herman, returned the appreciation saying that being involved in these plays at Wintershall had changed all their lives and given them a purpose in their performances.

The afternoon ended with a traditional English tea and with everyone talking eagerly about the next plays to come at Wintershall.

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Picture: Peter Burholt

1 comment:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! Well deserved.
    Love and Prayers,ray mooney xx