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Civic Medallion award to be made by Full Council

A Tunbridge Wells resident has been nominated for a Civic Medallion.

Tunbridge Wells resident, Mrs June Bridgeman CB, is to be awarded a Civic Medallion by Members of the Council in appreciation for her outstanding contribution and active participation in community life, and recognising her involvement in community projects based on historical, environmental and educational engagement promoting women’s perspectives.

Councillor Jane March, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Culture and Leisure who made the nomination said:
‘This award recognises the many elements of community life in Tunbridge Wells that June has initiated and supported. She has put time and energy into improving the lives of residents and the environmental benefits of various areas around Tunbridge Wells.

‘A truly worthy recipient of this award.’

June Bridgeman is a founding member of the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery and Friends of Tunbridge Wells Cemetery established to encourage historical, environmental and educational engagement, especially by local school children. She championed the link between Woodbury Park Cemetery and the Jeffery Hale Foundation in Canada which led to the Jeffery Hale Award, an educational awards scheme for local primary schools. She is a founder of the Friends of Trinity Churchyard, a member of Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society and the Town Forum. As a member of the Soroptimist Tunbridge Wells club, she has done much to further the work of Soroptimist International.

Full Council considered the nomination at their meeting on 15 December 2021 and gave their unanimous approval for the award to be presented at their next meeting on 23 February 2022.

The Medallion scheme has been in operation since 1981 during which time 34 Medallions have been awarded recognising those people who have made an outstanding contribution and given exceptional service to the local community. Medallions are only given once a year and it is not automatic that an award will be made. The nomination process is made through borough councillors.

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