Parish stalwart honoured

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Thanking community helpers  Jackie HallA member of St John's Church, Meols, Wirral, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours. Mrs Jackie Hall (pictured), who lives in nearby Hoylake, has been honoured for her community work over many years.

A retired special needs teacher, Jackie is the Growth Action Planning (GAP) chairman for St John’s Church.

Among her past work for the community, she was a board member of Hoylake YMCA, one of the founders of Pheonix House drug rehabilitation centre in Birkenhead, and a Wirral magistrate. She was also secretary of Hoylake Outdoor Pool and Community Trust (running the pool and community centre), and a Wirral Borough councillor, representing Bebington.

In more recent times, Jackie led the regeneration of Melrose Hall, Hoylake into a village hall for the community.  She is currently responsible for the running and the financing of the hall.

With other campaigners, she recently saved the demolition-threatened model boat lake on Hoylake Promenade.

Wirral-born Jackie said: “I was overwhelmed to hear about the MBE. I didn’t do my voluntary work to get awards but I shall be very proud to receive this. Most of all, I want to thank everyone who has helped me with my projects over the years.”

Jackie lives about a mile from St John’s Church. She is a member of the PCC, and is involved in the various community activities of the parish – which included a memorable, giant knitted Christmas tree in December 2010 which raised £4,500 for the Help for Heroes charity.

Thanking community helpers – Jackie Hall