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Museum Volunteer Awarded MBE

Society Member and Museum Volunteer Tony Coombs received a great Christmas present when he and his wife Maureen learnt that Tony was to receive an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List.  The award, officially announced on 29 December 2012, was to recognise Tony’s service to the community in Gillingham.

Tony spent his working career with Hudson & Martin’s (now Sydenhams) starting in the Pay Office and rising to be the Manager of the Timber Department.   He later became a Director until his retirement in 2002. 

Most of his adult life Tony has been involved with various local organisations including the local Angling Club and  Milton-on-Stour School.  He served 28 years as a town councillor with 4 terms as Mayor.  It was during Tony’s first term as Mayor that he lead a Steering Committee to form a Town Twinning link with Le Neubourg.  He signed the Charter in 1977.  Tony became a Freeman of the Town in 1996. 
Apart from his regular help for the Museum he is currently branch secretary of the Devonshire & Dorset Regiment Association which also involves him as a fundraiser for The Rifles charity ‘Care for Casualties’.