Weston-super-Mare woman's three decades of service recognised in Honours list
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 January 2018
A woman has been named on the New Year's Honours list in recognition of more than 30 years of voluntary service in Weston.
Rosemary Dowie, who lives in Queens Road, has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) for the voluntary work she has carried out for groups in the town over the past 30 years.
She has played a key role in both the organisation and financial security of many groups during the past three decades, including running the Weston Arts Festival for 20 years and helping set up the croquet club.
Rosemary has also supported the likes of Friends Of The Playhouse, Weston Youth Orchestra, Weston Archaeological and Natural History Society and Weston Civic Society.
The BEM follows two mayor’s awards she received in 2002 and 2015, moments Rosemary considers her proudest achievements during her 33 years in Weston.
She said: “I was honoured and surprised to get this letter but it pleases me that I can give a bit of support.
“I support this community and try to make people interact.
“We are all basically wanting something good in this area.
“I’m going to claim each achievement is a triumph but personally to get the mayor’s award twice is unusual and I am very proud of that.
“I have some very pleasant memories of working with all sorts of people in this town.
“I am also a trustee at the museum and have an interest in all things environmental.
“It is an award to be proud of.”
A Cabinet Office spokesman added: “Her commitment to numerous organisations, initiatives and campaigns for more than 30 years has made a significant contribution to the development of Weston.
“Her willingness to take on many voluntary management and administrative roles within these organisations has allowed the members to successfully promote the initiatives that contribute to the wellbeing of the community.
“Her knowledge and appreciation of the arts is second to none and her promotion of the groups has been exceptional.
“It is her financial support that has enabled talented groups and individuals a platform to perform.”
Rosemary will now have the chance to receive her award from Buckingham Palace.