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Jo Evans' British Empire Medal - May 2013

posted 30 Apr 2013, 05:00 by Rotherfield St Martin   [ updated 17 May 2013, 05:15 by Andy Lakin-Hall ]
Jo Evans receives The British Empire Medal from HM Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Mr Peter J. Field.  at St Denys Church Rotherfield. Jo is the Founder of Rotherfield St Martin.   29/04/13
HM Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex - Mr Peter J. Field, presents the British Empire Medal to Jo Evans at a special investiture event in St Denys' Church on Monday 29 April 2013, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
 
 
The citation for this award reads as follows;

Life in a small rural community can be difficult, particularly for senior citizens. Isolation caused by a lack of social contact, and practical issues such as getting to the doctor, or attending a hospital appointment can sometimes create insurmountable difficulties. Jo Evans recognised these problems and in 2001, under the auspices of the local parish church she formed a steering group to address them, and the project called Rotherfield St Martin was formed.

The project became a charity in 2007 and under her leadership as Project Manager the initial membership of a handful has now grown to several hundred who enjoy a variety of excellent and innovative services. Services which have greatly improved the quality of life for those living in Rotherfield and the surrounding district.

Rotherfield St Martin has been hailed as an exemplar community project, and a great model for other communities to follow. Jo is selflessly committed to the project, but she still finds time support the Rotherfield Players, a local drama group with whom she has had a long association where she is the musical director.

Her efforts and leadership of Rotherfield St Martin have brought, and continue to bring real and substantial benefits to a vulnerable section of the community, and a real improvement to the life of a rural village and its residents.

For her commitment to the community where she continues to provide selfless support and leadership, Her Majesty is pleased to bestow upon Joan Frances Evans the British Empire Medal.

Jo Evans receives The British Empire Medal from HM Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Mr Peter J. Field.  at St Denys Church Rotherfield. Jo is the Founder of Rotherfield St Martin.   29/04/13
 
 
Jo Evans receives The British Empire Medal from HM Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Mr Peter J. Field.  at St Denys Church Rotherfield. Jo is the Founder of Rotherfield St Martin. Jo is pictured with daughters Joanna, Katie and Sasha.  29/04/13
 
 
 

Thank you everyone who came and supported Jo on this very special day.

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Jo's Investiture