Community champion wins the Order of 1066 award

Marjorie Atherden with Mayor Kim Forward
Marjorie Atherden with Mayor Kim Forward

HASTINGS Day saw the prestigious Order of 1066 Award for services to the town, go to a long-standing Barley Lane resident.

Marjorie Atherden, 72, was presented with the award by Mayor Kim Forward, at a ceremony at the town hall.

Mrs Atherden, who is originally from Port Talbot, in Wales, but has lived in Hastings for over 50 years, was the first woman in four years to receive the award.

She has been a member of various community groups since moving to Hastings in 1960, shortly after marrying her husband Ron, including the Welsh Society, All Saints Monday Wives, and Unison retired members group. She also helps to distribute the Parish News in the Old Town. Her strong involvement in the local community began when she became helper, committee member and treasurer at Hastings’ first pre-school playgroup, at which her daughter Lynne, born in 1965, was enrolled.

Mayor Cllr Kim Forward said: “Our winner is indeed someone quite extraord-inary, putting community and others above herself.”