Belated Congratulations, Val, Medallist of the Order of the British Empire!

We are delighted that Val Bolt is one of only 329 people in the country to have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List; for ‘services to charity and the community in Cholsey, Oxfordshire’. Although Val contributes more to community life in Cholsey than almost anyone else, she is always unassuming, and never wishes to take credit for what has been achieved except as part of the team effort. She is always happy to make things happen behind the scenes, and does not usually wish to chair groups or be in public view. Happily she agreed to break this rule and to be the Cholsey Community Development Trust Board’s Chair, and to bring her considerable commitment and experience to the Trust. She has been involved with the Trust since the first working group in 2008, and has been the mainstay on the Board, representing the interests of the whole Cholsey community, since its inception in 2011.

Val has been a stalwart member of Cholsey’s Community Association, Cholsey 1000 Plus, for many years; Val is also a Parish Councillor, an active member of the Horticultural Society, a member of CHOKO, helps to run CHIPS the holiday play scheme, and in the past has been actively involved with Scouts and the Youth Club. In her working life, she is also involved with the Primary School, St. Mary’s Church, and the Day Centre for older people. Even in her working life, her activities are all ‘community based’.

Her award is in recognition of the commitment and pivotal role that she plays within the village, and in all the various groups that she is part of.

Congratulations, Val!