Parish Clerk Janet Lake awarded the BEM
Janet with bouquet

Janet Lake who has served her community in Brancaster as Parish Clerk was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

Devoted to the village, with her family going back to the Doomsday book Janet took over as clerk in 1966 and in 2016 villagers held a special party for her to celebrate her fifty years of service when one of the longest-serving Parish Councillors Noel Linge led the tributes to her. He said: “I’ve worked with Janet for forty-four years on the Parish Council and you know the old saying if you want something done, you go to the busiest person, and that certainly applies to Janet over the last fifty years at least!

"She was a school governor, a school dinner lady, a founder member and secretary of the 71 Club and has also found time to raise a family!

"One of most important things we’ve had to do in the village is address the over 70% of second homes, and the Deepdale and Brancaster Housing Society was formed to provide homes for those who lost theirs when farming became more mechanised – this village has been practicing localism for more than 50 years with 15 homes plus housing association homes in the village helping both older and younger residents and Janet has been part of this.

"She has been an active member, a practical member and a sometimes a strong member as my time on the council has proven and she thoroughly deserves the celebration today.”

The Honours list also featured two members of staff on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate with awards for personal service to the Queen or other members of the Royal Family. Marcus O’Lone, the estate’s land agent, has been appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and the estate manager Paul Southwell has been made a member of the Royal Victorian Order.