Nomination surprise for museum helper
LYN Light has been a volunteer at Gillingham Museum since 1987 and was curator for 15 years from 1989 until 2004.
She is still actively involved in the day to day running of the museum, responsible for the recording of its acquisitions and making sure that they are kept in good shape.
She was also instrumental in the transition process when the museum moved from Church Walk, to Chantry Fields in 1995.
Mrs Light's citation for the award said: "As one of the longest serving volunteers, she is a prime worker in the museum ensuring that records are placed on the a catalogue system.
"Lyn is also a volunteer at the Parish Church where she has helped with the cleaning for many years."
Mrs Light said that her nomination had come as a complete shock.
She said: "You just get on with things and do it, you don't think about rewards, especially when it's something you enjoy doing so much.
"I love going through all of the old documents. I find the history of Gillingham very interesting.
"I think it's fascinating to learn about our predecessors and see how the town once was and how it has changed over the years."
Speaking of Lyn's nomination, mayor Val Pothecary said: "Lyn's priority has always been to care for her family and ensure that their needs are met.
"But over very many years, when time has allowed, she has given to the wider community by quietly working away to support the museum team's aspirations and help with cleaning the church.
"She would not consider herself to be a hero in any respect – but that it is exactly why she was chosen.
"Lyn, and others like her, are the glue that bond our community.
"She is one of those people who just quietly gets on with things – doing her best for the causes she believes in, without making a fuss."