New Year’s honour for Brundall church member
2016: Maureen Dougall has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for her services to the community in Brundall.
Maureen has been a member of the village church for almost 50 years and was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to the Broadland village. This includes running a luncheon club and a group giving single, retired people five days out every year, including trips to the theatre, river trips and visits to National Trust properties. Most of the trips include a meal and help build relationships for these pensioners who may find it difficult to enjoy these events on their own.
“I was a teacher in Thorpe St Andrew and did not have a lot of time for the community then,” said Maureen. “But when I retired I took on the luncheon club in Brundall and helped at first and then took it on when the organizers retired.
“I couldn't do all of this without the tremendous support from a fantastic team of people,” she said, “I have a team of 37 who support the luncheon club, including cooks, servers and drivers, the award is for them just as much as it is for me,” she added. “There is such a wonderful team spirit.”
“My family have also been fantastic,” said Maureen, who has two daughters and two grandchildren. “They have helped and supported all of this and see how much enjoyment I get from helping others. It is very rewarding.”
Maureen is also a member of the church choir and her husband, Ian, is one of the church organists.
“I suppose I am living my faith. It is wonderful to just love and care for people,” said Maureen.
“I was very humbled when I heard about it, a bit overwhelmed and very honoured – why me, I am just an ordinary person who enjoys living in Brundall and helping the community.”
Maureen is pictured in front of Brundall Church.