Huttonian said it would be in the Berwickshire
and here it isMBE for Hutton woman in Queen's Birthday Honours
Joan rewarded for work in community
Joan Purves MBE
"I was thrilled to bits"
By Simon Duke
A BERWICKSHIRE woman is celebrating after receiving an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Joan Purves from Hutton received her award as recognition for her Voluntary Service to her local community and after living in the area for over 30 years she has most definitely put the work in.
Joan actually found out she was receiving the MBE last month but was under strict instruction not to let the cat out of the bag until the official list was announced at the weekend.
"I found out in May but was told that I had to keep it quite hush hush, so the only other person I told was my husband Robert," said Joan.
"Obviously I was shocked when I find out and it's the type of thing you want to tell everyone but I didn't find it that hard to keep quiet. I was thrilled to bits and it would've been nice to tell more of the family but I waited until the night before the announcement to tell my daughter and now since the weekend everyone knows."
Joan is orginally from Castle Terrace in Berwick and attended Berwick Grammar School. She moved to Hutton in 1965 after marrying Robert and although the couple had a spell away from the area, they returned in 1999. And during her time in the village Joan has definitely made her presence felt.
She has been a keen member of Hutton Village Hall committee, a church elder and president of the Guild. And during her time with these groups she has been involved in a number of projects including the arranging of flower festivals and most notably the demolishing, re-building and re-opening of Hutton Village Hall in 2006.
Since the news of her honour broke at the weekend Joan has been showered with congratulations and is now counting down to her appointment with HRH Queen Elizabeth II in five months time. But until then she can look forward to no longer being just Joan Purves but Joan Purves MBE.
Note to Simon Duke HM please HRH is for lesser fry
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