Margaret from Uppingham receives New Year's MBE honour
Uppingham resident Margaret Jennings had her name included on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2019 for services to the community of Rutland.
Margaret, who has lived in the town since the early 1960s, said her nomination for an MBE had come as a complete surprise.
“I was shocked to tell the truth.
“I read it and thought that it must be a joke but it was on the proper paper so I realised it must be true.
“I never considered it would come my way as things like this just don’t happen to me.”
Born in Lincoln, Margaret moved to Bedford when she 14 years old and after school started secretarial work.
At age 21 she enrolled at Norwich Teacher Training College.
“I always wanted to be a teacher, it’s something I just had in me,” she said.
“I used to line my dolls up as a child and teach them.”
On completing her studies, Margaret’s career as a teacher eventually led her to Uppingham to “where the job was”.
“I thought I’d give it two years and move on but there is nowhere I’d rather be now,” she said of the town.
“It is an exceptional community - the people make it. They are independently minded.”
For the past 27 years Margaret has volunteered for Uppingham Community College (UCC) as a college governor and prior to that was deputy principal for 25 years.
As a governor she plays an important role in the college, consulting with staff and pupils and providing reports for the full governing body.
She also continues to be active in the life of Uppingham Church, and has been a long standing member of both the Parochial Church Council and Deanery Synod.
She both reads and leads intercessions at church and organises the rota for the Mothers’ Union service.
She also acted as a Bishop’s Visitor, supporting the church primary schools and their headteachers in this part of the Peterborough Diocese.
She has been an enthusiastic member of Rutland Sailability and has completed various courses including disability awareness and buggy driving.
“Retirement gave me more opportunity to do these activities,” she said.
“I do what I’m interested in so its never like work to