On Sunday 14th October there was a very happy celebration where 120 guests joined Peggy James and her family in the Parish Hall to see her awarded the BEM by Dame Janet Trotter Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.
The British Empire Medal is awarded for meritorious civil service worthy of recognition by the Crown. Peggy’s citation read: ‘for services to the Jubilee Sailing Trust and the community of Olveston’. Recipients normally receive their award in Gloucester but Dame Janet kindly came to Olveston to avoid Peggy from having to travel.
Her family hosted a drinks reception at the Hall. At 12.30pm Dame Janet introduced herself and described the BEM award followed by a summary of all Peggy has done for her community in Olveston including many charities. Peggy has been highly involved with the JST for many years. She setup a JST fundraising branch in Bristol and worked with other volunteers to raise several thousands of pounds to help the Trust reach its goals.
During the ceremony, Rob (Peggy’s son) delivered a touching speech honouring his mother and late father , Tony, who had also been awarded an MBE before he passed away. Rob said Tony would have been so proud of Peggy, and indeed the family are so proud of them both.
From everyone at the JST we would like to send our warmest congratulations to Peggy and thank her for her many years of hard work for the Trust.