Today the Duke of Gloucester will present members of the Gloucester Civic Trust with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award that can be given for volunteer services and it is richly deserved by the men and women of the Civic Trust for their tireless work in maintaining and promoting Gloucester’s rich heritage.
Officially, the award has been given for “Promoting Gloucester’s Heritage through Civic Tour Guides, exhibitions and restoration projects.” Gloucester Civic Trust is one of 117 voluntary organisations in the UK to have received the award in 2013.
I have been on many of these tours, particularly during the English Heritage Open Days. The tour guides are very knowledgeable, answering any questions you might have. I can thoroughly recommend the Gloucester Open Day event. The range of historic properties on offer is staggering, and the hidden gems are just delightful. One such gem is the remains of the Roman Wall in the furniture shop (Furniture Exhibition Centre) on the corner of Parliament Street and Southgate Street.
It’s the oldest Roman masonry in existence in the UK – and it’s right here in Gloucester! And what I love most about this hidden gem is that it can be found in the back of a furniture shop!! Isn’t that just great?
By the way, you can wander in there any time. Just walk to the left of the shop and you’ll see it on the left hand wall in-between the furniture displays!