A Felton woman, who has been involved in a wealth of community organisations for more than 25 years, has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.
Marion Clark has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Felton and Thirston.
The 75-year-old is one of just seven recipients to receive the honour in the North East this year.
Mrs Clark, who is extremely well-known in the village, is involved with almost every aspect of community life, from the Women’s Institute to the parish council, and the village hall committee to the summer fair.
She explained that it all started when she founded Felton and Thirston WI in 1987, saying that from there ‘it just grew and grew’.
Mrs Clark said: “I’m delighted to have been given this award in recognition of doing voluntary work in the community and would like to accept it on behalf of the many, many other volunteers from all the organisations in Felton and Thirston.
“So many people do so much, lots of it unseen.
“I personally have had a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction, and sometimes a bit of frustration, from being involved with the various organisations and hope I have contributed to making Felton and Thirston the great community we all enjoy.”
Involvement in many groups
Felton and Thirston WI: Mrs Clark founded the group in 1987.
Felton Parish Council: Active member since 1990. Recently, she has been involved in obtaining a piece of land from the county council on which the parish hopes to build a new doctors’ surgery for the village.
Felton Village Hall Committee: Parish-council representative since 1990 and has run the 200 Club to raise funds for a number of years.
Felton and Thirston Annual Summer Fair: Organiser since 1992.
Bridge Community Newsletter: Regular organiser since 1998.
Felton in Bloom: Organiser since 2003.