British Empire Medals presented
British Empire Medals have been presented to two people from Flintshire and
Denbighshire, both recognised for their outstanding contributions to the area –
and who, between them, have contributed over 55 years in voluntary service.
Elizabeth Hewitt from Flintshire was awarded her medal for the time she has
devoted to thousands of children in her care. In her role as school governor
she has helped to guide the progress of pupils in two primary schools and
assisted the amalgamation of the two schools over the past year. She has been
involved at grassroots level, with children, at playgroup, school, guides and
the church. As a guide leader, she ran the weekly sessions as Captain,
participating in many trips and encouraging the guides in community activities.
She has run Little Rascals out of school club for 20 years and is highly
thought of by parents and children. Her work with the club has been recognised
by the inspecting body CSSIW. She also devotes time as a pastoral assistant in
the community, she visits people who are ill and sits with those who are
housebound as well as running a monthly Soup and Pudding Lunch at St Deniol’s
Church. As a member of Mothers Union she is a perfect ambassador. She has time
for people, and would not hesitate to help out others at any time of the day or
night - she is loved and respected by all who know her.
Edward Watkin Evans from Denbighshire was awarded a British Empire Medal for
voluntary and charitable services. Experiences in his younger days in the
Merchant Navy during the 1930s and 1940s made him determined to help others,
something he has achieved to great effect during the past 35 years of selfless
voluntary services. Mr Evans joined the Royal British Legion in 1980 in his
local Ruthin and District Branch, first as a poppy collector and, in 1984 the
Branch Poppy Organiser (a post he held until 2012).
During this period, the Poppy Appeal grew from £7519 to £15358. In 2003, in
addition to his role in Ruthin, he became the North Wales District Poppy Appeal
Organiser. Since then, due to his enthusiasm, determination and drive, the
District Poppy Appeal has increased from £230.000 to in excess of £430,000 last
year. Throughout his life, Ted has enjoyed helping others of all ages and, at
the advanced age of 93 years, continues to serve his local community.
The ceremony was held recently at Bodelwydden Castle and presenting the medals
the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, Henry George Fetherstonhaugh, Esq, OBE, said:
““The ceremony was a very special occasion and it was a great pleasure to
present the British Empire Medal to these very deserving recipients. To have
completed over 55 years of voluntary service between them is a staggering
achievement. I would like to congratulate them both and thank them for their
considerable contribution to their communities.”
Both recipients attended with family members and the Lord Lieutenant was
accompanied by the Vice Lieutenant Lloyd Fitzhough and A Lieutenant Cadet, Kara