01:04PM, Friday 29 May 2015
TEA with the Queen was the reward for a dedicated villager from Eton Wick who enjoyed an afternoon at Buckingham Palace.
Margaret Everitt found out last year she had been nominated to attend a garden party at the palace, which was held on Wednesday,May 20.
She was nominated for the invitation by the former Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mary Bayliss, as recognition for her contribution to village life.
Taking her 26-year-old grandson Jack along with her, Margaret enjoyed an afternoon of music, conversation and refreshments at the palace as she joined hundreds of other distinguished guests.
Despite not having a chance to speak with Her Majesty, Margaret said it was a day she will always remember.
The 80-year-old said: “It is just so well organised, it was superb, a most delightful afternoon really. We talked to some really nice people.
“I shall remember the occasion with great pleasure and I am not a dressing up person normally so to sort of have the pleasure of dressing up to go to something was rather nice.”
Since arriving in Eton Wick in 1953 from Fulham, Margaret has flung herself into every aspect of village life.
She is currently the chair of the Eton Wick Village Hall Association and has been on the committee for more than 50 years.
The Tilstone Close resident also helped establish Eton Wick Playgroup which ran from the mid 1960s to early 1990s Her other commitments have included sitting on the PTA at Eton Wick CE School, and being a group assistant with the 3rd Old Windsor girl guiding group.
“It is nice and I just love doing things in the village and still do things all the time,” added Margaret, who worked on the Windsor Express in the 1950s.
It’s a far cry from when Margaret first arrived in the village.
She joked: “It was not my scene at all so to speak but I would not be anywhere else now.”
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