Retired Pitsea playschool leader presented with award

A retired Pitsea playschool leader has been presented with a community award.

The Mayor of Basildon, David Burton-Sampson, presented Emily Evans with the Alf Dove Award on Wednesday May 20.

The award is presented to a member of the local community to recognise and mark the significant community service they have given to the borough.

Emily ran the St. Gabriel’s Church playschool group in Rectory Road, Pitsea, after moving to Basildon in 1969.

Affectionally known and loved by generations of Pitsea youngsters as Auntie Emmy, she successfully nurtured hundreds of pre-school children for nearly 47 years.

When she retired a few years ago, she was looking after some of the grandchildren of the first children who attended the year the playgroup opened.

David Burton-Sampson, said: “It really was an honour to present Emily with this award and it is truly deserved.

“Early education is so significant and important to young children and it is at playschool they gain that first experience of socialising and learning.

“I would like to thank Emily on behalf of our borough for her dedication and commitment to early education and for nurturing and caring for hundreds of children during her forty-seven year career”.

The Alf Dove Award was established to mark the 43 years of service of Alf Dove and his significant contribution as a councillor when he retired in 1999.

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Mick Ferris

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