Local Women Honoured For Their Role In The Community

On Friday 6th March at Bourne Hall Jean Steer MBE and Margaret Angus were recognised for their service to the community at the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell Civic Reception. 

Jean Steer MBE moved to Ewell in 1993 and stood for election as a councillor in 1995 and was duly elected  and was successful in 5 further elections until she retired after 24 years of outstanding service to the community including being made Mayor in 2007. 

In 1995 she was the council representative on Age Concern till 2018  and on Action Groups for the Elderly. She continues working with Age Concern to this day.

Jeans role on committees dealing with the Horse Racing Industry led her to campaign and champion the ‘Evocation of Speed’ statue, which has recently been placed in the market place., From here efforts funding was found by public donations including one from the Queen.

In January 2013 she was made a MBE for services to the community and local government a much deserved recognition of her input to the local community.

After speeched from local councillors the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell awarded Jean with the title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough.


Next to be honoured was Margaret Angus. Like Jean her family moved to Ewell area when she was very young and she attended West Ewell Infants & Junior School followed by Danetree Senior School. She spent her career working in the Civil Service and then worked as a part time doctor’s receptionist after retiring.

As well as a member of the board of the Ewell Horticultural Society where she takes the minutes and is a valued member of the Epsom Garden Society. She takes great pride in her flowers and vegetables and always contributes to the shows.

She volunteers with Age Concern organising the office and provides catering and refreshments for their events. She helps to sort the Harvest Festival and Christmas parcels which are then distributed to those in need. She is also involved with St. Joseph’s Age Concern tea and I am told she makes a cake for everything that she is asked to be involved with. Whenever they need a volunteer she is there.

Recently she started volunteering for the Abbeyfield charity which provides essential housing for the elderly across the UK and became a highly-valued member of their team.  She is currently responsible for managing the construction and start-up of the retirement living community in Old Schools Lane, Ewell and also volunteers as the charity’s administrator and legal secretary.

She cares deeply for Abbeyfield and is extremely knowledgeable about its activities and the issues involved in helping people to remain independent as they grow older. She enjoys spending time with the residents and house managers and is an excellent adviser to the Board and the professional management team on matters of operational policy and good practice. She is an excellent organiser of events for residents and celebratory functions for the other volunteers.
Because of the above and the many other volunteering roles Margaret does in Epsom & Ewell  the Mayor presented her with the Active Citizen Award for the Mayoral Year 2019-2020.

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