We are extremely pleased to announce that Diane Bradley, our Business Partner from the Nightjar in Weston-Super-Mare was awarded with a British Empire Medal in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Di (as she likes to be known) has been our Business Partner at the Nightjar for just under a decade, and has worked endlessly to support her local community through a variety of helpful initiatives and charity fun days- most of which the Nightjar hosts.
Di describes the Nightjar as a ‘community pub’ with services for the elderly people in the community such as a lending library and computer club. The pub also does a lot of fundraising for a range of causes but especially the Seashore Children’s Centre at Weston General Hospital. It was only back in January when the Nightjar revealed that they had fundraised a total of £4,200 in 2012, which had beat all of their previous records.
It was Di’s Area Manager Nick who nominated her for the British Empire Medal. Nick had nominated Di for a number of reasons. Di has worked at the Nightjar since its very opening back in 1982, back then she was working as a cleaner in the public house, and it was a managed house rather than Business Partnerships. After several years as a managed house, the public house transferred over to Business Partnerships after several failed events to turn the Nightjar into a successful business, Di finally built up the courage to approach Nick regarding taking on a tenancy at the recently vacated business.
When approaching Nick, Di pulled out a diary, and in that diary was a record of every single event that had been held at the Nightjar since its very first day trading. This was enough evidence for Nick that Di had the knowledge and experience to turn the Nightjar back to its successful past. Since then, Di has adopted a matriarchal role within the community where everyone feels comfortable sharing their problems with her. This, alongside her charity work made her a perfect candidate for the British Empire Medal.
The British Empire Medal (BEM) is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. It was established in 1922 to replace the Medal of the Order of the British Empire. Recipients are entitled
to use the post-nominal letters "BEM" and it is divided into civil and military medals in a similar way to the Order of the British Empire itself.
This is not the first time that one of our Business Partners has had the privilege to meet a member of the Royal Family. Back in 2011 Chris Sergeant, our Business Partner at the White Horse greeted Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at his public house; Prince Charles even tried a half of Badger! Diane will now get her opportunity to meet the Queen at her Birthday honours celebration and we look forward to bringing you photos of this momentous event very soon.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Di for all her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Nightjar and its surrounding community and wish her all the luck moving forward from this milestone.