DEDICATED members of a voluntary service were rewarded for their commitment yesterday.

Five members of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) were given rewards for their long service to the group, at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church yesterday afternoon.

Vera Phillips, Tina Thatcher and Mavis Hymas were presented with WRVS medals for 15 years service.

Edith Golledge and Cynthia Taylor were awarded with long service certificates.

The mementoes were presented by Stephen Rennie, regional operations manager of the WRVS.

Project manager Olive Ingram praised the volunteers and said: "It is quite a commitment. Some volunteers come and go. At the moment there's about 36 volunteers, but we're always looking for more."

Anybody interested can call into the WRVS centre at Bishop Auckland General Hospital.