More than 300 people from across the county flocked to a service at Dunstable’s Priory Church of St Peter.
It was one of thanksgiving and rededication for voluntary organisations held by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, and addresssed by the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson. VIP guests included the Duchess of Bedford, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and the Earl and Countess of Erroll.
The theme of the service, led by Dunstable rector Rev Richard Andrews, was social justice. It included references to the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 70th anniversary of VE Day as well as the significant contribution made to county life by voluntary organisations.
It featured soprano Sofia Tselepidou and a reading from Nelson Mandela’s Peace Prize acceptance speech, as well as an extract from an untitled poem by Paul H Scott at the Runnymede Memorial.