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On Monday 20th September 2010, representatives of the Twinning Association attended a meeting of the Mildenhall Community Partnership.  They had been invited to formally accept a Mildenhall Community Partnership Award for our work in promoting Mildenhall and, in particular, our work with young people in the local community.

Two of the youngest members of our Association were present to receive the award, along with a cheque for 300 to support future events:

We are delighted to announce that the Secretary of our Association, Mrs. Grace Bristow, was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List.  The award was in recognition of her work in education and the wider community in Suffolk over many years.

The Investiture Ceremony took place on Friday 4th May at Buckingham Palace and the Award was presented by Prince Charles (see below for more details).

(Picture & Article courtesy of the Bury Free Press)

Proud day looms for Grace, MBE

A retired Mildenhall Deputy Headteacher has spoken of her pride at being made an MBE by the Queen this year.

Grace Bristow, of Folly Road, was named in the New Year's Honours list for 'services to community and education in Suffolk'.

She found out in November but was not allowed to tell anyone until the official announcement in January.

This week she spoke to the Bury Free Press after returning from a six-week trip to Australia.

Mrs Bristow said: "I am not exactly sure what the MBE is for at the moment. I am involved with a lot of community work but all I heard was the wording of the citation.

"It is so nice to think people have nominated me for this honour.

"Keeping the news quiet was not too difficult for me, but it is a relief to be able to talk about it now."

Mrs Bristow taught for 32 years at Riverside Middle School, starting as a probationary teacher and retiring two years ago as assistant headteacher.

With the town's Twinning Association, she was integral to building the relationship with French twin Luc Sur Mer and helping to run school exchange trips for 30 years.

She is also involved with youth badminton, organising tournaments across the country at all levels as a member for the youth board of Badminton England.

Guiding takes up a large part of what is left of her time she has spent 36 years running a unit for Cambridgeshire East Guides.

Mrs Bristow said: "Many people do as much as I do in each of the organisations I am involved with, but I guess when you put it all together it does look quite impressive."

On her return from Australia this week, Mrs Bristow found a letter saying she will be invited to Buckingham Palace for the investiture ceremony 'in due course'.

She said "I am looking forward to meeting the Queen it will be an experience I never thought I would have."


On Friday 4th May, Mrs. Bristow travelled down to London for the Investiture Ceremony.  She was accompanied by her three guests:  Mr. Bristow, her God-daughter Rebecca Severy and Mrs. Severy:

Arrival at Buckingham Palace.
A busy day at the Palace.
Mr. & Mrs. Bristow with the MBE Award.

The Committee and Members of Mildenhall & District Town Twinning Association would like to congratulate Mrs. Bristow on her much deserved award, and thank her, once again, for all that she has done for the Association and the local community over so many years.

We are also delighted to announce that Yves Le Cuziat from Luc sur Mer has recently been awarded an MBE.  Click on the button below for more information and photos: