awarded the BEM
Verwood’s Pam Reeks has been awarded
the British Empire Medal for services to the community in the 2014
Honours List. Pam has said that she found it very difficult not to say
anything since she fist knew about it last November.
Pam worked at Hillside First School as a class teacher and specialised
in Music. This is not suprising as she has been heavily involved with
Verwood Concert Brass for many years where she plays 2nd Horn in the B
Band. She also had particular involvement with the Training Band
Pam was also a founder member of the
"Heathland Heritage Centre" and is now a Trustee / Archivist
and gives talks about the pottery to visiting groups. Pam arranges many
of the exhibitions held in the VHHC and is also the archivist of the
"Verwood Historical Society" where she has written or been
involved with a number of publications about the history of Verwood. Her
thesis about Verwood Crafts can be found at http://verwood.org/history/crafts_in_verwood.htm
on the History Site.
It was back in 1982 that a young teacher and her engineer husband, were asked if they would bring their vintage vehicles to a Rustic Fayre being held in Reg. Day's field down at Ebblake. So Ron and Pam Reeks turned up with a car, motorbike and lawnmower. This event was such a huge success that it was decided to continue with the Fayre
with Ron and Pam organising a display of Stationary Engines and vintage
Vehicles until they retired from it in August 2006.
77-year-old Pam Reeks was also honoured with the title "Freeman of Verwood"
in December 2012 and has been is involved with many elements of town
life including the Train Girls and Twinning Association, etc,
“I still can’t really believe it,” said Pam, “I’m amazed and feel very honoured