ELIZABETH JACKSON, BCAc
In 1974, Elizabeth started a mother and toddler group in Sutton, which ran for a number of years before changing to a playgroup which still exists today. It provides play and learning opportunities for the very youngest in the community. Elizabeth also supported many other children within the community, as a teacher for over 20 years at the local junior and infant school, where she was also a governor.
Although Elizabeth retired from teaching in 2008, she has continued her links with the school and voluntarily runs an after-school art-club. For 30 years up to 2007 Elizabeth was an organiser of the Stalham Dragon’s Summer Playscheme. This ran throughout school holidays and provided arts and sports activities, performances by entertainers and fun outings.
During its 30-year existence, 250-300 local children attended. During this time, Elizabeth was elected to Stalham Town Council, and has remained on the council ever since in a variety of roles, including chairman. During her time on Stalham Council, Elizabeth has made many contributions to the community, including consulting young people, leading to major additions and improvements to the town’s recreation ground and leisure facilities. Elizabeth was also on the town hall improvement committee, which successfully raised £72,000 to refurbish the town hall in 1984. Once refurbished, Elizabeth guided the committee in many new ventures including introducing short mat bowls, using the hall as a blood transfusion centre and setting up a monthly film club.
Elizabeth was a founding member of the Stalham in Bloom group, served on the local sports hall committee and has fundraised for many local causes.
Nominated by Rev’d Richard Jackson