Proud moment for Milland parish clerk

Lord Lieutenant Susdan Pyper presents  Lorraine Grocott with her BEM
Lord Lieutenant Susdan Pyper presents Lorraine Grocott with her BEM

WHEN Lorraine started work as Milland Parish Council clerk, accounts were written by hand and she used a second-hand typewriter.

Over the last 26 years she has graduated to computer and become one of the most highly qualified parish clerks in the country.

Now her service has been recognised with the presentation of the British Empire Medal at a ceremony in Milland Memorial Hall attended by some 90 members of the community and colleagues. It was presented by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper who attended with the Deputy Lieutenant, Dr John Godfrey.

Lorraine said the award was for ‘services to the community’ but she had not done all the work. “I have been the ‘glue’ to help bring so many projects and initiatives to fruition.” She has also administered the village hall for the past ten years when improvements including refurbishing the kitchen and committee room have been carried out.

Chairman of the parish council Matt Cusack proposed a toast and The National Anthems of England and Australia were sung as Lorraine is Australian.

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