The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, attended a special investiture ceremony at the Town Hall in Brighton on the 21st November to award British Empire Medals (BEM) on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to four very special County volunteers.
Those receiving their BEM were:
Mrs Beatrice Evelyn Frost, for services to UK National Heritage. Beatrice campaigned and fund raised over £1m to restore and bring the Windmill at Windmill Hill into public ownership.
Mrs Mary Holman, for services to the community in Ditchling. Clerk to the Parish Council of Ditchling for over 37 years, and for part of that time clerk to Hurstpierpoint as well, Mary served 17 chairmen and helped local residents bring about many changes and developments in the village.
Mrs Amanda Jane Scales, for services to Adult Learning and Skills. Amanda came to education late as a single parent, but after gaining a Degree and qualifying as a teacher she went on to develop courses and resources to support disengaged learners.
Mrs Ruth Tomkins, for charitable services to People with Dementia and their Carers. Having spent many years raising funds for Dementia UK to increase awareness and fund an Admiral Nurse for Dementia sufferers in East Sussex the model Ruth developed has now been taken up throughout the UK in areas where there is no access to Admiral Nurses.
Speaking after the ceremony the Lord Lieutenant, Peter Field said “It is always a pleasure to recognise volunteers who do so much for our County. These are four special individuals who have given many years devoted service to volunteering within our County and I am so pleased they have been nationally recognised for their contribution”.