The first Suffolk Medal winners have been announced
PUBLISHED: 13:05 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:05 18 June 2019
The first ever recipients of the Suffolk Medal - the highest honour that Suffolk can bestow on one of its own - have been announced
The first to be honoured are Canon Sally Fogden MBE, former East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Terry Hunt, and lifelong social activist Richard Martineau. They receive their medals at a special investiture ceremony on June 20.
News of the Suffolk Medal was revealed in March this year, an initiative of outgoing High Sheriff George Vestey. The aim is to reward and champion people who have made a posting, enduring difference to life in the county. Appropriately, it has been designed by renowned Suffolk artist and sculptor Maggi Hambling.
Canon Sally Fogden was a member of the first group of women to be ordained in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1994.
She is founder and chair of the Suffolk branch of the Farming Community Network and was the driving force behind the Addington Fund which helped to alleviate problems for Suffolk pig farmers during the outbreak of classical swine fever in 2000 and for rural communities during the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001.
She is also founder of the Rural Coffee Caravan, helping to alleviate rural loneliness and isolation, and played a key role in launching the Meet-up Mondays initiative.
Terry was editor of the East Anglian Daily Times for more than 20 years until he retired in September 2017.
He was born and educated in Suffolk, and alongside his support for local business, sport, education and tourism, Terry has a particular interest in rural life and fully embraced his role as president of the Suffolk Agricultural Association in 2015.
He is chair of Ipswich Vision and is a long-standing champion for the regeneration of the county town, a huge supporter of Suffolk's voluntary sector, and his endorsement and hands-on editorial support for the Suffolk Surviving Winter appeal has seen it consistently lead the UK in raising funds to support older, vulnerable people during winter.
Lifelong social activist Richard Martineau is honoured for his contribution to the Walsham-le-Willows community and Suffolk as a whole. He has committed to protecting the history and character of the village by donating land and buildings.
His great grandfather built seven blocks of cottages in the village, including sheltered housing for the elderly. In 2011 Richard donated four of the blocks, 12 cottages in total, to the Suffolk Community Foundation so they and the gardens around them would remain unspoilt for future generations. Surplus rent will fund good causes in Suffolk.
Nominations for future medals can be made directly online by any Suffolk resident via thesuffolkmedal.org.uk