Centre Manager is presented with BEM
In the 2012 New Year’s Honours list Maureen Richardson, Manager of The Centre @ Halton, was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Halton, Lancashire. Only 286 people around the country received this award so it was a very special achievement for Maureen and great also for The Centre.
The BEM is awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. Recipients are entitled to use the letters BEM after their names. The award was re-introduced in June 2012, specifically for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – which it makes it very appropriate for Maureen who put so much effort and time into organising the Halton Happening to celebrate the Jubilee in 2012.
A formal Investiture was held in the Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle on Friday April 12th for award holders from all over Lancashire – including Maureen . They all formally received their New Year’s Honours at a ceremony there conducted by the Lord Lieuteant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth KCVO watched by their family and close friends..
“It was a wonderful evening and a really enjoyable ceremony. I was delighted that my husband and daughters and other close family could be with me on this special occasion.
I’m really proud of The Centre and all the things we have achieved for our community and feel that the award belongs to all those who have given up time to help to develop the facilities and activities.”