‘Inspirational’ resident Margaret Horn has been named Citizen of the Year at Moulton Parish Council’s annual awards ceremony.
Friends, family and locals gathered at Moulton Seas End Village Hall last Tuesday evening to watch Mrs Horn (84) receive the honour for her contribution to community life.
The title, organised by the Parish Council, aims to celebrate Moulton residents who go above and beyond for the area, either through personal achievement or dedication to the community.
Mrs Horn, who has lived in Moulton for 23 years, was nominated for the award for her work at Moulton Community Centre, performance in the local pantomime and for distributing the parish magazine.
She is also an active member of All Saints’ Church in Moulton, singing in the choir and tending to the flower beds.
Mrs Horn, who was a “bit surprised” to be named Citizen of the Year, said: “I had no idea I would win!
“Helping the community is second nature to me.
“It’s just the way I am – I have been doing this sort of thing all my life.”
The 84-year-old had been nominated for the award once before for her work as president of Moulton’s Women’s Institute.
Helen Worth, clerk to Moulton Parish Council, said: “Margaret ticked all the boxes for the award and has been involved in the community for so many years.
“She is an inspiration to both young and old alike and a very worthy winner.”
Mrs Horn, who also leads sing-alongs at Abbeygate Rest Home, saw off competition from fellow nominees John Heron and Hendrina Tibbs.
While Mr Heron , of Moulton Seas End, was nominated for the title for the fundraising work he does with his seventies cover band RetrospeKt, Mrs Tibbs was put forward for her involvement with Moulton Tots and Carers group.
Mrs Worth added: “All three were very worthy candidates for the award and for their involvement within the community, but there can only be one winner.”
Mrs Horn was presented with the Tom Stoten Shield by last year’s winner, Peter Breach, as well as a replica to keep. All three nominees received certificates recognising their contribution to life in Moulton.
Alongside 40 residents, the awards ceremony was attended by Coun Jim Scarsbrook, who gave the audience a summary of the work each of the candidates does for the area.
Attendees were also treated to a quiz on the parish and refreshments provided by Liz Breach and Vera Angelo.
Proceeds from the event are being donated to Holbeach Hospital.
Although Mrs Horn said she is “winding down a bit” due to her age, she has no plans to stop her work helping the community.
“Moulton is a wonderful village – everybody helps everybody else,” she added.
“It’s a lovely place to live.”