|A COMMUNITY stalwart has been presented with a long-service award for 50 years of charity work.
Joy Case, of Portland Road, Rushden, has been involved with a variety of community organisations during the past five decades.
Now she has been presented with the Rotary Club of Rushden's Community and Vocational Service Award in recognition of her hard work and dedication.
Mrs Case, 78, has held every position in the Rushden and county branches of the townswomen's guild and twice a year organises its trips away. Recently members visited Kendal but in previous years they have travelled abroad.
HARD-WORKING - Joy Case who was presented with an award by the Rotary Club of Rushden for her long service to the community: Picture by Glyn Dobbs
She served as a magistrate for 22 years and founded the Cub pack at Alfred Street School in Rushden.
She was also a mainstay of the local Cancer Relief organisation before it became Macmillan Nurses.
Mrs Case said: "It's wonderful to receive this award and I'm so happy. I'm not as energetic as I used to be but I still try to keep things going."
Mrs Case was born in Wakefield and came to Northamptonshire as a member of the Land Army in the Second World War.
When she was presented with a certificate and inscribed watch by the Rotary Club of Rushden she thought she had been invited to give a talk about experiences in the Land Army.
Five minutes after the start of her talk she was interrupted and presented with the award.
Past president of the club Michael Steele said: "It's not something we do lightly. We give a lot of consideration to who receives this award.
"Joy has helped so many over the years and a lot of people don't realise just how much she's done."