Tireless villager is citizen of year
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.
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.”
Peter Clayton presents the citizen of the year award to Jane Graham