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North Waltham community volunteer is honoured

Monday, 06 January 2014

A special lady from North Waltham has been honoured by Her Majesty, The Queen, in the New Year's Honours for 2014.

Maud Hobbs (also known locally as Eleanor) has been awarded the British Empire Medal for volunteering and services to education after 18 years' volunteering at North Waltham Primary School. Every week during term time, she spends two days in the school listening to children reading and assisting with a range of both indoor and outdoor activities, as well as undertaking a variety of administrative tasks.

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council said: "I am absolutely delighted that Mrs Hobbs has been recognised for her hard work and good service to the community and I have personally sent her my congratulations on behalf of the Council. People like Maud wholly deserve to be recognised and to receive an honour such as this. They give their time selflessly with no expectation of reward, and are a hugely valuable asset in their community."

Mrs Hobbs commented: "Getting the news that I am to receive the honour of a British Empire Medal came right out of the blue, but I am thrilled. I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend at the primary school and it is so rewarding to be able to help the children achieve and progress in their learning. It is a fantastic school and I have made many friends there over the years."

North Waltham Primary School's head teacher, Jeffrey Maidment, added his congratulations and said: "All schools should have a 'Mrs Hobbs'. She undertakes a variety of tasks including supporting those children who are sometimes less engaged in their learning than their peers. According to my calculations, since she first began volunteering here, she must have heard children reading around 33,000 times. Mrs Hobbs is an absolute gem and when she gives her first hand accounts of what life was like during the war, the children are totally captivated. Quite rightly, she is held in extremely high regard by all - pupils, parents, staff and governors."

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