|From the archive of Rowan J. Flack,
Former Clinical Nurse Officer, Rushden Hospital, 1966-1990.
Presented by Greville Watson, December 2009.
Presentation of the British Empire Medal
to Mrs Elsie Marion Hensman
A transcription of the presentation
Mrs Pauline Newnes (Area Health Authority)
Please do sit.
My Lord Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of the Northamptonshire Area Health Authority, I welcome you here today to this special occasion, in particular, I welcome the Lord Lieutenant, Lt. Col. Chandos-Pole who, as Her Majesty the Queen’s official representative of this county, will shortly be presenting the British Empire Medal to Mrs Elsie Hensman. I am delighted that so many friends and colleagues of Mrs Hensman are able to be here today to witness this presentation by the Lord Lieutenant in this memorable Silver Jubilee Year. We are privileged to share with you, Mrs Hensman, the pride and the happiness of this joyous occasion. I now have very much pleasure in introducing the Lord Lieutenant on the
Lt. Col. John Chandos-Pole (Lord Lieutenant of the
As Mrs Newnes has told you I’ve come here this afternoon by Command of the Queen to present to Mrs Hensman the British Empire Medal which Her Majesty has awarded her. Before I make the presentation I would ask the Clerk of the Lieutenancy to be so kind as to read out the account of the services for which the medal has been awarded.
Mr Greenwell (Chief Exec. Northamptonshire County Council)
Mrs Hensman has established over the past fifty years a unique record of voluntary service to
Lt. Col. John Chandos-Pole
Mrs Elsie Marion Hensman, it gives me the greatest pleasure to obey Her Majesty’s Command to present you with this British Empire Medal.
Very many congratulations. (He pins the medal on Mrs Hensman).
The Queen has also sent a letter for you, would you like me to read it?
Lt. Col. John Chandos-Pole
It comes from
I greatly regret that I am unable to give you personally the award which you have so well earned. I now send you my congratulations and my best wishes for your future happiness. Signed Elizabeth R. and addressed to Mrs Elsie Hensman B.E.M.
Thank you, Sir, for your kindness in performing a very pleasant duty. Many of us feel very humble knowing Mrs Hensman’s work with, and for, the patients of this Hospital over so many years, as you have heard, over fifty years of continuous unpaid voluntary service to this Hospital and Voluntary Care Committee. We’ve heard that she became the Librarian in1951 and now there is a Library of over five thousand books. She remains the Chairman of the Friends of the
Now I have a letter her which I’ve been asked to read. Mr Morris had hoped to be here on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Social Services. He’s unable to be present and I have been asked to read this letter and, if you’ll bear with me, it reads as follows:
Dear Mrs Hensman, I hoped to be able to come to
No doubt you would like to have this letter.
Might I now invite all of you please to stay with us for a short time. It does seem as though, you know, it has gone very, very quickly these few moments, but I’m sure that many of you would like to meet Mrs Hensman once again and convey your own personal congratulations to her, and so tea will be served in the room next door and we hope you will stay and have a cup of tea and light refreshments.
Thank you very much, Sir, for being with us.