Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service celebrates 50 years of service

by | 13 January 2024 | Local Charity, Support Group, Worksop

Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS) held its 2023 and 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and celebrated 50 years of service to the local community on Friday 1st December.

Held at Retford Town Hall, the AGM also marked the retirement of Fran Walker, who has served as the Chair of Trustees for 13 years and has been involved with BCVS for the entire 50 years.

During Fran Walker’s tenure, BCVS has delivered remarkable impact, becoming a cornerstone of community and voluntary sector support in Bassetlaw. Fran expressed her gratitude, stating: “Celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, I have seen many changes over the years, and have been proud and privileged to have been involved for all 50 of these years.”

Fran’s leadership and commitment have been instrumental in shaping BCVS, and they extend their sincere thanks to Fran for all her years of service.

The AGM was followed by a Celebration Event, attended by 140 people, including representatives from local groups and organisations, ex-Trustees, Bassetlaw District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, and Bolsover District Council.

The event aimed to highlight BCVS’s pivotal role in championing the local community over the past 50 years and served as a powerful showcase of the collective efforts throughout Bassetlaw in supporting local people and groups.

The spotlight was also put on The Point of View (POV) project which celebrated over 300 young volunteers that have taken part in the project to date. Each volunteer received a certificate presented by each partner organisation involved.

Andria Birch, CEO of BCVS, expressed her gratitude, saying: “We know through working together across our sector, and with the wider excellent partnerships we have with the public and private sector, that we continue to make a positive difference to the groups and people that we support across Bassetlaw and Bolsover. We now look forward to doing so for at least another 50 years and supporting the new young volunteers engaged through POV to develop the future of our sector.”

To become a member of BCVS as a VCSE organisation, please visit Or to enquire about group support or volunteering please email, visit or call 01909 476118.