Donington BEM award winner Margaret Kenworthy

Margaret Kenworthy, manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre, who has received the BEM for her services to the community. Photo: SG260613-126TW

Margaret Kenworthy, manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre, who has received the BEM for her services to the community. Photo: SG260613-126TW

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Margaret Kenworthy has been involved in voluntary work in her community in various capacities over the years.

The most recent, starting in 1994, is as manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre, a multi-use centre in Donington.

Started by Ruby Hunt in 1982, it was originally called the Pop in, and operated out of first one and then two portacabins.

For the past seven years, it has been held in the former doctors’ surgery and is open every morning for people to call in for a chat and a cup of tea.

Margaret says: “We have all sorts of different things going on, such as scrabble, bingo, knitting and short mat bowls. We have a computer section and a chiropodist comes in twice a month.”

As well as being let out for business meetings and parties, with catering provided if required, the hall hosts a weekly lunch club, catering for 47 people or more.

Margaret, whose husband Doug works behind the scenes, says of her award: “It’s been hard work but the feedback I have had from everyone has been amazing since I got the award. I just want to thank everybody for their good wishes because they have been so kind. I have had cards, messages, emails, you name it. It’s nice to know you are appreciated.”

The Ruby Hunt Centre operates a voluntary car scheme and more drivers are needed.