Award for former councillor for her service in East Northants

Pauline Bradberry (centre) accepting her award from East Northants Council
Pauline Bradberry (centre) accepting her award from East Northants Council

A former councillor has been recognised for her service to the district at a special presentation.

Pauline Bradberry JP accepted her Honorary Alderman ceremonial medal and certificate from chairman of East Northamptonshire Council Rupert Reichhold at East Northamptonshire House on July 13.

Born and raised in Easton-On-The-Hill, Pauline was commended for her years of service to the district council, as a parish councillor, as a school governor and in many community projects.

She served on 10 district council committees over the years and enjoyed a year as chairman 2006/2007 representing East Northamptonshire at many events.

The honour was also awarded to former councillors John Richardson MBE, Albert Campbell and Clive Wood at the full council meeting on May 18, although Pauline was unable to attend the service.

Pauline said: “I’m truly honoured to have received this accolade.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of council life and feel privileged to have been part of a great team at East Northamptonshire Council that includes officers and councillors working together to make life better for those who live, work and play here.”

The Local Government Act 1972 allows the district council to confer the title of Honorary Alderman on persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services as past members of that council, but who are not current councillors.

An honorary alderman may attend and take part in such civic ceremonies as the council may decide, but they do not have any statutory rights, and they cannot sit but can attend council or committee meetings.

As well as Pauline, three others received the award earlier this year.

They were John Richardson MBE who has been a councillor, chairman and leader of East Northamptonshire Council and was instrumental in the transference of council housing stock to ensure local people enjoyed good quality homes.

Having worked with local schools, charities and voluntary groups, John has been a pillar of the community for many years and is highly respected for his dedication to the area.

As well as serving on Raunds Town Council and East Northamptonshire Council, Albert Campbell has worked tirelessly in Raunds Fire Service and as a volunteer in many Raunds organisations and community events.

He has also enjoyed 60 years as a member of Raunds Royal British Legion.

Having spent 35 years on East Northamptonshire Council, Clive Wood is one of the few councillors to have been chairman twice.

He was also chairman of the environmental service committee which introduced the dog warden service to the district.

His passion for East Northamptonshire has shone through in his work with the Campaign to Protect Rural England, with East Midlands Museum Service and as a governor at three schools.