A Crewkerne woman has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Community Health and Wellbeing. Angela Mary Singleton, Project Co-ordinator for Crewkerne Active Lifestyle was instrumental in the building and opening of Crewkerne Aqua Centre. The public swimming pool was officially opened by HRH the Princess Royal in 1997, who returned in February 2007, to officially open the Active Lifestyle extension at the Aqua Centre.
Angela, who prefers to be called Angie, has previously been involved with carnival committees, is a former chairman of the LIC, Bincombe Beeches Management Committee and former trustee of the Heritage Centre. She is a member of A Better Crewkerne & District (ABC), the Christmas Lighting Up Committee, Crewkerne & District Twinning Association and Creative Crewkerne. Our featured photo shows Angie (centre) with daughter Lucy on the right and Pam Christopher on the left, preparing the wool for the pom-pom workshops in February 2018.
During her time on Crewkerne Town Council, with 23 years of service to the town, Angie was a member of the West One Management Committee and the Crewkerne Sports Club which secured funding for the George Reynolds Centre and provided sports clubs and users of West One with a new building, when it was sold and became a doctors surgery. Angie also served on South Somerset District Council from 1998 and retired from local politics last year.
Angie who is a Director of the Aqua Centre, where her role is chiefly to oversee the volunteers said: “I still enjoy swimming particularly with the grandchildren but I also enjoy Pilates and the occasional session at the gym. I was really surprised when I heard I had been awarded an MBE and felt very humbled that somebody had taken the trouble to nominate me and I sincerely thank them for that honour. Of all the Crewkerne projects I have been involved in from flower beds, playgrounds to community buildings, the Aqua Centre is obviously the one I am most proud of being part of.
“I am thrilled that the Aqua Centre continues to be a well used and loved community facility and take great joy in watching children and adults learning to swim. Because of the numerous volunteers involved in these projects, I have made some wonderful friends and together we have made a good team, which enabled these seemingly impossible things to happen in Crewkerne. I hope the Crewkerne Aqua Centre will continue to be a hub for community health and wellbeing for many years to come.” Crewkerne Town Council expressed their congratulations to Angie on being awarded an MBE, at their recent interim session of the full town council.