Recognition for driving force behind Woodhall Spa commemoration

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A stalwart of Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum and the driving force behind last year’s Arnhem Commemoration Day, Jackie Goodall was honoured at an awards ceremony on Friday.

She was shortlisted in the Impact award category at the Lincolnshire 
Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS)awards, held in Boston.

The category rewarded “the most inspiring individual or voluntary and community group that made an outstanding contribution to their local community,” and Jackie was praised for spearheading the Arnhem commemoration day arrangements and working with veterans from Hull to bring the Freedom Flame to the UK.

The category was won by Jubilee Christian Fellowship, Grantham, for its community work, but Jackie’s shortlisting read: “Following months of work, the day came with Arnhem Veterans marching from the Petwood Hotel along roads lined with residents, visitors, schoolchildren, Armed Forces cadets and serving personnel.

“The day was unbelievably successful and the impression will live with everyone there for many years to come.

“Jackie seemed to be everywhere on the day, making sure that things ran smoothly and people had help when needed and the success is really entirely due to her tireless efforts.”

Graham Beacham, whose involvements include Mareham Le Fen Village Hall, was also nominated in the Trustee of the year – awarded to an individual for outstanding service and commitment to the governing body of a charity, but sadly he was not shortlisted.

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, said: “Choosing the winners was a very difficult process.”