Empire medal rewards a lifetime in local education

Avis Freeman, governor at Golborne High School and former teacher and deputy head teacher, received the British Empire Medal for services to the community in a ceremony at Bolton Town Hall:  Avis Freeman with the Mayor of Wigan, Coun Billy Rotherham
Avis Freeman, governor at Golborne High School and former teacher and deputy head teacher, received the British Empire Medal for services to the community in a ceremony at Bolton Town Hall: Avis Freeman with the Mayor of Wigan, Coun Billy Rotherham

A STALWART teacher and governor has been given one of the country’s highest civilian honours for her lifetime’s work in the classroom.

Avis Freeman, from Lowton, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) in a ceremony at Bolton town hall.

She was formerly deputy head teacher at Golborne High School, where she is still a governor, and also taught at Leigh Girls’ Grammar School and Westleigh High School.

She has also been involved in Soroptimist International, which sees businesswomen work together to transform girls’ lives across the world, for more than 30 years.

A keen environmentalist, Avis also sits on the Wigan Environment and Heritage Group and led the original Leigh in Bloom campaign.