Surprise for colleagues after a double nomination for The Local’s Rose Award

Edenham and Grimsthorpe  Steam Action  members   Jane Bradley and Ruth Atter with their Roses. EMN-150223-155430009
Edenham and Grimsthorpe Steam Action members Jane Bradley and Ruth Atter with their Roses. EMN-150223-155430009

Jane Bradley of Home Farm, Grimsthorpe was ‘shocked’ to receive a Rose Award on Monday from her colleague Ruth, after realising that in a positive twist, the pair had both nominated each other.

Friends and colleagues, Ruth Atter and Jane Bradley, both got a big surprise when they found out that they had nominated one another for the Local’s Rose Award.

I thought it was such a good idea but now she has stolen my thunder!

Jane Bradley

Ruth, who lives in Edenham originally got in contact with the Local to nominate her fellow work colleague Jane, for all of her hard work and involvement as chairman of local charity Steam Action.

Although, little did Ruth know that on the same day Jane also contacted the Local to discuss nominating Ruth for the same award, following her recent retirement from Steam Action after 43 years of ‘dedicated’ work.

When the pair met on Monday they were both ‘blown away’ by the realisation that they had nominated each other for the award.

Ruth, who helped to set up Steam Action back in 1972, met Jane 20 years ago when Jane’s family moved to Bourne and she became chairman of Steam Action,a charity which helps to raise money for the elderly in Bourne.

After 43 years Ruth has decided to retire from the charity and Jane wanted to present her with the Rose Award to thank her for all of her commitment over the years. The rose is kindly donated by Stephanie’s Flowers, of Crown Walk

Jane said: “This is a very small token to say than kyou for everything that she has done over the past 43 years. I’m so shocked that this has happened, I thought it was such a good idea nominating Ruth but now she has stolen my thunder!”

Ruth said: “Its a double whammy! I’m just amazed, all I wanted to do was something very special for Jane.

“She thoroughly deserves some recognition for her tireless hard work around the Parish and for her support and friendship over the years.”

Steam Action has raised a considerable sum of money over the last 40 years for the senior citizens of the parish. The funds raised have helped provide birthday cards and presents, outings, theatre trips and hospital gifts for the elderly, as well as funding a Christmas party with lunch followed by a pantomime.

Jane said: We will miss Ruth’s dedication and experience but I’m sure she will continue to keep a close eye on everything.”