A SUTTON Bridge woman has been awarded the MBE for her service to the community over many years.
Frieda Minns (81) is a well-known face around the town and has had a hand in everything from running a local youth club to fundraising for churches and sports clubs.
But former parish council chairman Frieda remains humble about being given the prestigious award: “I have just loved being involved in the community. I do it because I love helping people. I don’t want this sort of recognition, but it’s nice when people in their 50s recognise me from the youth club.”
Frieda moved to Sutton Bridge from Liverpool at the age of 18 and was swept off her feet by local man Basil, who died 10 years ago. They had three children – John, Paul and Trevor – and there are now 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She first got involved in the local youth club when her children were at Peele School, in Long Sutton. She became treasurer and then started running it three nights a week. Years later, she worked with the school to create a fitness suite.
She has also raised cash for Holbeach Athletics Club, the village hall, churches at Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton and the local community centre, not to mention helping elderly members of the community with jobs.
Frieda remains involved in St Matthew’s Church, raising around £800 a year.