Stondon scout volunteer awarded British Empire Medal for 49 years service

Gillian Wood being awarded her British Empire Medal by Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis

Gillian Wood being awarded her British Empire Medal by Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis - Credit: Archant

A volunteer has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for almost half a century of service to the scouting movement.

Lower Stondon resident Gillian Wood was awarded a BEM by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List and was presented with it on Monday by Bedfordshire’s Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis.

Mrs Wood has spent 49 years volunteering in the scouts and has held her current role, Bedfordshire District Secretary, for more than 20 years.

The 71-year-old said: “I am just bowled over by it all. I’m just an ordinary person doing an ordinary job.”

Mrs Wood is now looking for a hat in preparation to meeting the Queen at her annual garden party this summer at Buckingham Palace.

She added: “It will be a small thing that sits on the head with feathers in it. It’s quite the rage these days. After all, I have to live up to my new status.”

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