Hum­bled by New Year’s Hon­our

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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