Winifred Fowler Award
THE WINIFRED FOWLER AWARD 2014
This year’s Winifred Fowler
Award has been awarded to Margaret Carpenter in
recognition of her community work.
Margaret Carpenter was, for many years, a lone
'Friend' of Bedford Cemetery cleaning memorials, tending graves and
providing a point of contact for relatives of those buried in the
cemetery. Margaret has researched cemetery records and
provided information to relatives as well as meeting visitors from
as far afield as Australia and directing them to the grave of their
forebears. She is glad that she now has a fine team of
Friends helping her with this work.
Margaret is currently the treasurer of the
Friends of Bedford Cemetery as well as being their first
point-of-contact on their website. She is a member of Beds
Archaeological Council, BAALHS, and is their treasurer. She also
does volunteering work with the Bedfordshire Police, particularly
Neighbourhood Watch and at police stations - Greyfriars and
Risely. She regularly attends 'crime prevention' days,
manning the stall throughout, as well as assisting and undertaking
cycle marking. She is also a Community Street Champion.
At her own expense, she helped organise the
street party with a neighbour for the Jubilee in 2012, and she
prepares cakes and biscuits for charity fundraisers for Marie
Curie, Eve Appeal and Ovarian cancer charities.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“The judging panel was full of admiration for her commitment to her
unpaid and time-consuming good work within the community. It is
thanks to her that so many charities, organisations and groups are
able to thrive, she is a tremendous force and we are delighted to
give her this well-deserved recognition.”
The Bedford Swan Hotel also supported the
award and provided a meal for two in their River Room Restaurant to
The Winifred Fowler Award is in memory of the
late Winifred Fowler, the first female Mayor of Bedford (1971 – 72)
and recognises the men and women, regardless of age or background,
who selflessly give back to the Borough.