Palace trip for founding friend

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One of the people instrumental in making Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum a success has been honoured by the Queen.

Joyce Williams, a founder member of The Friends of Clifton Park Museum, has been invested at Buckingham Palace after she was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, in recognition of the work she has carried out on behalf of the project.

A special event was also held at the twice-nominated ‘museum of the year’ to celebrate Joyce receiving the honour.

Friends, staff, councillors and ex-members of staff who have worked with Joyce and the Friends over the last 12 years were present.

Rotherham Council said Joyce has been ‘vital in almost all the fundraising and friends’ activities at the museum, and often instigated and led on the delivery of projects’.

A council spokeswoman said: “Without her, many of the initiatives which have made Clifton Park Museum such a success would not have been possible.”

Joyce was one of the six founders of The Friends of Clifton Park Museum in 1998. She later served as group chairman.