Honours and Awards


Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have many people who deserve an honour. However, they won't get one unless someone nominates them.  Anyone can make a nomination for any exceptional individual and it's simpler than you think. Please download our honours leaflet for further information on how to go about it.

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Honours nomination forms can be downloaded direct from the Cabinet Office website www.gov.uk/honours.

Every year Her Majesty The Queen hosts a number of royal garden parties at Buckingham Palace. Over the years these have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognising public service.  Approximately 30,000 people attend each year from all walks of life.  The Lord-Lieutenant has a small number of invitations allocated to Cornwall each year and these go to people that have been nominated for some form of recognition for the contribution they have made in their local communities.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities. Information about what work the award is given for, who decides on the nominations, and when the announcement of winners is made can be found online using the link above.  Nomination forms are also available to download, together will full guidance and detailed information about the Award.

Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are highly prestigious awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is awarded to individuals who encourage entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.

The awards are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence. They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition.

Previous corporate winners have come from a diverse selection of business sectors and have included large and small businesses. Recipients of the individual award have been from varied social and professional backgrounds.

The closing date for entries is the last working day of September each year and the winners are announced on 21st April the following year.

For more information including the links to the online application and nomination forms visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise. For further enquiries call The Queen’s Awards Office helpline on 020 7215 6880 or email queensawards@beis.gov.uk.

In 2005 the Lord-Lieutenant's Fund for Youth was launched by Lady Mary Holborow and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Michael Galsworthy. The Fund aims to support achievement and inspire exceptional ability wherever it's found amongst youth in Cornwall.  The intention is to help youngsters who have demonstrated an outstanding talent and aptitude in one way or another - whether in the field of sport, the arts, voluntary service, science or enterprise, amongst many other possibilities - but who cannot progress their chosen career or ambition because of personal or family hardship, or disability.

The Lord-Lieutenant's Trust Fund is supported by donations from individuals, the business community in Cornwall and further afield. Any applications for funding should be made direct to the Cornwall Community Foundation.

If you feel able to support this important project by making a donation, then please contact the Lord-Lieutenant via the Cornwall Community Foundation, Suite 1, Sheers Barton, Lawhitton, Launceston, PL15 9NJ or telephone: 01566 779333.  Website address: www.youngandtalentedcornwall.org.

This award is a living memorial to the Rt Revd Sir Jonathan Trelawny and his place in the affections of the Cornish.

Bishop Trelawny, 3rd Baronet of Trelawne, was incarcerated in the Tower of London with six fellow Bishops in 1688 accused of seditious libel.  They had petitioned against the order of King James II that they should support his Declaration of Indulgence, which seemed to promise toleration for Protestant dissenters but which was actually intended to win them to Roman Catholicism.   The Declaration was strongly opposed, particularly in Cornwall.  They were found not guilty and released on 30 June 1688, a date that he always celebrated.  On his return to Cornwall bonfires were lit from hilltop to hilltop and people lined the turnpikes to welcome him back.

His incarceration in the Tower was immortalised in the Cornish Anthem, 'The Song of the Western Men', better known simply as 'Trelawny', written over a century later by Parson Robert Stephen Hawker, vicar of Morwenstow.

And shall Trelawny live?
Or shall Trelawny die!
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!

The Trelawny Plate Award is presented every two years to an individual who is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to providing inspiration for the Cornish and evoking pride in Cornwall.  The plate itself, which was the personal property of the Bishop, is presented by the Trelawny family in Pelynt, the Bishop’s home parish, on the 30th June, the anniversary of the Bishop’s release from the Tower.  This date is still celebrated as Trelawny Day in Pelynt.

List of previous winners:

  • 2017 - Gareth Churcher
  • 2015 - Mike Shepherd (View the citation made by Bert Biscoe)
  • 2013 - Professor Alan Livingston CBE DL
  • 2011 - Lady Mary Holborow DCVO
  • 2009 - Tom Henderson OBE
  • 2007 - Bishop Bill Ind