Former Axminster Mayor receives New Year Honour

PUBLISHED: 08:18 29 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 03 January 2019

John Jeffery who has been awarded the BEM. Picture CHRIS CARSON

John Jeffery who has been awarded the BEM. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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John Jeffery awarded the BEM for his outstanding community work

John Jeffery. Picture: Martin KingJohn Jeffery. Picture: Martin King

A former Mayor of Axminster has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

John Jeffery’s outstanding work for the community has been recognised by the New Year Honour.

Mt Jeffery, a former town and East Devon district councillor, has devoted much of his life to the Axminster and wider community, working tirelessly as a volunteer for numerous local good causes over many years.

He says he was inspired to community service by his late parents, long serving town councillor Herbert Jeffery - affectionately known as Lord Jeff - and his wife Mary.

John Jeffery. Picture: Martin KingJohn Jeffery. Picture: Martin King

Mr Jeffery served for many years as a town and East Devon district councillor and was Axminster Mayor in 1994.

He was made an Honorary Alderman by EDDC in 2015, in recognition of his 16 years of outstanding service. During his time on the councils he spent countless hours helping local people with all manner of issues.

He also helped found the Axminster Job Club, served on the carnival committee for 50 years, is a long serving trustee of Axminster United Charities, served in responsible roles on the Axminster Guildhall management – a wonderful community asset which his father helped found - and was a very active member of St John Ambulance for more than half a century.

Mr Jeffery continues to work for the community , as the town’s snow and flood warden, road warden - maintaining his traffic management qualification- conducting Blue Plaque walks around the town and being ready to help many of the town’s voluntary organisations at a moment’s notice.

He is a regular volunteer driver for the Axminster Care Service and a volunteer guide at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, working there every week, including Christmas Day.

A spokesman for one of the many community groups he helps said of him: “Above all John is a people person and he will always be there to help and guide anyone who approaches him.

“The benefits of his sustained efforts on behalf of the people of Axminster are well appreciated and he is to be congratulated on a well deserved national award.”

Axminster County councillor Ian hall added: “Congratulations to John Jeffery. A truly inspirational man who deserves this recognition from the Queen.”

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