Tire­less vil­lager is cit­i­zen of year

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS - by Mike Ben­nett

Award for vil­lage won­der­woman

FEW peo­ple have con­trib­uted as much to the com­mu­nity of Brabourne as Jane Gra­ham from Mount­bat­ten Way and this week her stal­wart ser­vice was of­fi­cially recog­nised.

On Mon­day night she stepped up to re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and £100 cheque from parish coun­cil chair­man Peter Clay­ton as cit­i­zen of the year, pre­sented in me­mory of late parish coun­cil­lor Chris Goodall who served the vil­lage for 32 years.

For the 27 years Mrs Gra­ham has lived in the vil­lage, she has been a tire­less vol­un­teer, help­ing all ages.

She has been a guide leader for more than two decades, keep­ing the Brabourne and Smeeth unit ac­tive with meet­ings and camps. For the past seven years she has been dis­trict com­mis­sioner for Ash­ford Crown dis­trict with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Guides, Brown­ies and Rain­bows.

Ac­tive

For a dozen years she served as a Smeeth school gov­er­nor, and for all 27 years has been ac­tive with the Women’s In­sti­tute, in­clud­ing act­ing as pres­i­dent for a num­ber of years.

She was in the team pro­vid­ing the Over-60s club teas, and at vil­lage sup­pers she was one of the “Brabourne Belles” ap­pear­ing on stage as well as help­ing out with the cater­ing. She is now a dis­trict WI ad­vi­sor. Mrs Gra­ham is also a mem­ber of the hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety and finds time to serve on the clean­ing and flower ar­rang­ing rota at Smeeth parish church.

The ci­ta­tion for her hon­our stated: “De­spite bouts of ill health her­self, Jane has per­se­vered when oth­ers would have given up. She is an ex­am­ple to us all. In spite of her ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity she is also a grand­mother, mother, wife and all th­ese fam­ily mem­bers re­ceive love and sup­port from this amaz­ing wo­man.”

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Peter Clay­ton presents the cit­i­zen of the year award to Jane Gra­ham

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