Mu­seum vol­un­teer recog­nised

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Year Honours -

A vol­un­teer who has over­seen Lydd Town Mu­seum for more than 20 years has been recog­nised for her ef­forts.

Alice Box­all has been made an MBE for vol­un­tary and char­i­ta­ble ser­vices to her­itage.

Miss Box­all, of Seav­iew Road, Great­stone, said: “When the cab­i­net of­fice rung me I was in the States vis­it­ing rel­a­tives.

“They asked me if I was pre­pared to ac­cept the award and I said of course. I was ab­so­lutely bowled over. It’s a great hon­our.”

She said: “Run­ning the mu­seum is quite a lot of work but it’s en­joy­able and I’ve met some lovely peo­ple dur­ing my time here.”

Miss Box­all, 82, joined the Friends of Lydd, the cu­ra­tors of the mu­seum, in 1986 be­fore tak­ing over as chair­man.

Since that time she has kept busy or­gan­is­ing, clean­ing and main­tain­ing dis­plays.

She is also a fundraiser who helped to bring in over £27,000 to ex­tend the mu­seum in 2006.

Oth­ers from Rom­ney Marsh hon­oured in this week’s list are David Bradley for ser­vices to the ve­teri­nary pro­fes­sion and Michele Jones, of St Mary’s Bay, field of­fi­cer with KCC’s In­te­grated Youth Ser­vices, for ser­vices to young peo­ple.

Alice Box­all

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