Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List has seen many honours bestowed upon people involved in work with their communities in response to the pandemic. It is therefore with great pleasure that we congratulate members whose remarkable efforts have been recognised.
Andrea Hurren FSLCC, Clerk to Broadclyst Parish Council, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) and on hearing the news said, ‘As Clerk to the Council, it has been a privilege to develop and lead our work in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic; however, I am just one cog in the mechanics of the Broadclyst Community Support Scheme and so in accepting the British Empire Medal with humility, I give recognition and thanks to all members of my team who have also selflessly given so many hours of service to our community.’
Angie said that it was studying for Community Governance which gave her the toolkit and confidence to set up the support schemes and food bank, and to know the importance of, and how to, review their operations to make sure they were sustainable and continued to meet their communities needs as they evolved.
Congratulations also to Kate Butler, Clerk to Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Council, who has been awarded the BEM for her work supporting the residents of Maltby through her previous role as Town Clerk of Maltby Town Council. Kate was the driving force behind efforts to support local residents including a dedicated phone line set up to help those in need, responding to requests for collecting shopping and prescriptions and supporting organisations who were distributing free meals.
Kate said ‘I am incredibly proud of the honour but this could not have happened without the amazing volunteers and a council who believed in their clerk and staff, it was a huge team effort. I am very proud that it has raised the awareness of this fabulous sector.’
Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive said, ‘I never tire of saying that local council clerks are a national asset and something of a secret army so it’s always gratifying to see such recognition. My congratulations go to Angie and Kate on their amazing achievement and I hope they are able to enjoy the ceremony when the time comes.’