MBE joy for Joy
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 January 2011
SOMERSET resident Margaret Morse has been recognised for her five decades of dedication to a small rural village.
Margaret, known as Joy to friends and family, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the community in Chapel Allerton.
Her extensive resume includes membership of several village organisations, including Harvest Home, which she has been part of for 50 years and Allerton Players, which she joined four decades ago.
Joy, aged 77, worked at Weare School as a cook for 18 years before retiring and she then took up a job at the village post office.
The Back Lane resident is also heavily involved in the village church and parish magazine, and for 30 years has also been involved in Chapel Allerton Parish Council, which she joined as council clerk and is now a councillor.
Joy, who has lived in the village all her life, also contributed information to the historical book Allerton in the 20th Century which was written shortly after the Millennium.
She told the Mercury: “I think it is very important to be part of the community because that is what village life should be about.
“It is a great honour to receive an MBE and I feel very humbled.”