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29 November 2023

3Cs' founder Steve Rigby has been awarded a National Honour by receiving a "Points of Light" award, the winners of which are personally selected by the Prime Minister for work done by individual volunteers who have made a difference to their community.

In wishing to show his thanks to Steve for the 45 years of work he has done since forming the 3Cs club, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has sent Steve a personal letter of appreciation while Steve's work will forever be featured on the "Points of Light" website which honours all those who have been recognised at 10 Downing Street.

On receiving his award, Steve accepted it on behalf of all those who have given their time over many years to assist at 3Cs, saying "Teamwork makes the dream work".

Although still attending the 3Cs' club nights, Steve now lives in Welshpool, Powys, where he has also started a new chess club for those of more mature years.

The main "Points of Light" website and Steve's personal commendation can be seen via the following links ...
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Steve's "Points of Light" certificate, personally signed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, reads as follows ...

"In recognition of your exceptional service encouraging hundreds of children to play chess, you are presented with the UK's 2205th Points Of Light award, on the 29th November 2023".

Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak MP Prime Minister
Steve's award is featured on the English Chess Federation's website as well as in both the Oldham Evening Chronicle and the Powys County Times newspapers ...

In 2010 the founder and still organiser of 3Cs Steve Rigby was honoured by being among the nominees for a "Pride in Oldham" award for services to the town.


Steve is pictured on the right while details of his achievement can be seen via the following link ...


Website sponsored by ...

Miners Arts and Music Community Centre, Moston, Manchester.

Details via "Sponsors" section of drop-down box on "Welcome" page

Recognition from non-chess organisations

External Awards ...

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