Royal garden party awaits Brockdish woman after being awarded a British Empire Medal
When Janet Croxson received a letter marked On Her Majesty’s Service, she thought it was about her income tax.
Little did she realise the letter was actually informing her she had been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
“When I saw the envelope, I thought it must be something to do with income tax, and my heart sank,” said Mrs Croxson, from Brockdish.
“When I saw what it really was, I was just overwhelmed and burst into tears. I couldn’t believe it.”
Mrs Croxson, 76, has been involved in community work in Brockdish for more than 30 years.
She was awarded a BEM, on June 8.
Her work has included being chief fundraiser for her local church, chairman of the village hall, chairman of the village magazine, a parish councillor and vice-chairman of the governors of her village primary school before it closed in 2016.
The annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognises those who have given up their time to volunteer in their communities, contribute to local politics, or who have made advances in science or the arts.
Mrs Croxson, who has two children, Claire, 45, and Joel 48, and is a grandmother of two, will receive her medal at a ceremony in Norwich, presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Norfolk, Sir Richard Jewson.
She has also been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in October.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, Peter,” said Mrs Croxson.
“I was actually nominated in the South Norfolk Community Awards two years ago, but didn’t win.
"So it was nice to be recognised by the Queen.”