COMMUNITY minded John Williams from Foulden was down at Buckingham Palace last month to receive his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
A 30 year stint as chairman of Foulden, Mordington and Lamberton Community, and a leading role in raising money for a new village hall, was rewarded with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, and John was accompanied by his son David Williams, daughter Janine Kettrick and 12 year old grandson Ben Kettrick, to the ceremony in London - unfortunatley his wife Irene was not well enough to travel down with them.
“Prince Charles asked about the hall, how the money was raised etc and how it was going,” said John, who still serves on the hall committee.
“He seemed to be very impressed by the amount we raised locally.”
Former Berwickshire High School teacher John was taken aback when he received official notification last November that he had been awarded the MBE.
“I was very surprised to receive the MBE, which is for my work with the village hall and the community council.
“I was a member of the community council when it was formed in 1976 and was made vice chairman at its second meeting, and then in 1978 I was made chairman.”
“There have been a lot of changes in that time. We managed to do quite a lot in the 30 years that I was chairman so it’s quite nice to have that recognised.”
Although very proud to receive recognition for his efforts, John feels that what has been achieved in the community would not have been possible without the help and support of his fellow community councillors, both past and present, of Foulden, Mordington and Lamberton Community Council, fellow Foulden Village Hall Management Committee members, and the many volunteers that assist both organisations.