Grantastic! - Sheffield supergran recognised in New Year’s Honours

Jillian Margot Moore from Grenoside in Sheffield who has been awarded the BEM in the New Years Honours list
Jillian Margot Moore from Grenoside in Sheffield who has been awarded the BEM in the New Years Honours list
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A dedicated grandmother who has spent decades serving Sheffield as a teacher, governor and neighbourhood volunteer is among those honoured by the Queen today.

Community stalwart Jillian Margot Moore, aged 76, has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list and was recognised in particular for her services to children.

The former teacher, who used to work at Mansel Primary in Parson Cross, later become a school governor and was chair of governors at Grenoside primary school for 40 years.

Since then she has worked to help others support bereaved children and to improve the Foxhill area of the city as director of Foxhill Forum.

Also recognised was Doncaster actress Sheridan Smith and two members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group - Trevor Hicks and the late Margaret Aspinall, both of whom lost children in the tragedy.

They were given honours for services to bereaved Hillsborough families.

Across South Yorkshire 11 people including politicians, community cohesion champions, police officers and community stalwarts were recognised in the list.

Mrs Moore, who lives in Grenoside, told The Star: “It does feel a bit strange to get this.

“It was the end of November when I got the letter and none of the family know yet.

“It was such a surprise and I don’t know who has put me forward or why but I hope I do soon, so that I can thank them.”

The modest mum-of-two first taught at Hoyland Market Street School.

She became a governor when the current system was first brought in, and saw it change drastically over the years, but never lost her passion for education.

She has also given her time to the Gone Forever project, which supports adults to look after bereaved children, and Foxhill Forum for around 20 years.

The forum manages Wolfe Road Healthy Living Centre, a well-used hub in the community.

The grandmother-of-five said: “The forum has done a lot for the area, things like landscaping but we are also launching a healthy eating cafe soon.

“Everything I am involved with happens on different days really so it is all about fitting it in.

“I saw a lot of changes as a governor over the years, which has been interesting.

“I’ve always had a passion for education and when you are in the industry you want to know everything that’s happening. I have enjoyed it.”

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