Dr Mary Lynch-Staunton has been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of decades of community work.
The announcement came in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, although Mary first learned about her honour in a letter from the Cabinet Office.
The British Empire Medal (formally British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service) is awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. The medal was revived for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Recipients are entitled to use the letters BEM after their name.
Now 77, Dr Lynch-Staunton has worked tirelessly for the local community in Nunney. She was a member of Nunney Parish Council and one of the founding members of the Nunney Community Association.
Mary has been running the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Nunney for 36 years, still volunteers as a room guide at Stourhead and is only just about to retire as a churchwarden.
She has served on countless other committees and fundraising bodies. Her Midnight Walk for Dorothy House raised an amazing £3,000 – testimony to the great affection in which she held in Nunney.
In her professional career she was known as Dr Harrison. She became a partner at the Frome Medical Centre in 1976 and retired in 1996.
Dr Lynch-Staunton will be presented with her medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Gass, and will also attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace this summer.