Humbled by New Year’s Honour
CHILDREN were able to create a special gift for their mothers thanks to a horticultural group running its annual Mother’s Day event. A VOLUNTEER who is believed to have taught more than 6,000 children how to read was recognised for her New Year’s Honour at a special reception on Friday.
Helen Fowler, 91, has been a volunteer reading assistant at St George’s CofE Infant School and Woodside Junior School for the past 21 years and received a British Empire Medal earlier this year for her services to Children and Reading.
St George’s School held a surprise reception to congratulate her for the honour, which was
Chesham in Bloom ran the annual event on Saturday at Broadway Baptist Church, in Chesham. Children could pot a plant and attended by her family, the High Sheriff of Bucks Francesca Skelton and Mimi Harker, chairman of Chiltern District Council.
Speaking afterwards Mrs Fowler said: “I just feel decorate it by writing a personalised message to their mother, all for £1. Pictured above, Sophie West gets a helping hand from Rachel Watts completely humbled and overwhelmed by it all. It’s something that I never thought of in a million years, for getting an honour for something that I love so much.”
Senior councillor were told raising money is now crucial following the Government’s recent decision to completely withdraw its grant to the authority. But Leader Martin Tett and his Cabinet stressed on Monday (March 7) that this strategy does not include trying to make a profit on the key services the council is legally obliged to provide. Instead, the extra income will come from other optional work the council performs – and will then be used to support key services, including those provided for the