Di Bradley, landlady of the Nightjar, was honoured last year in the Queen’s birthday list. She was presented the British Empire Medal in Taunton by Lady Gass, the Lord-lieutenant of Somerset at the end of 2013.
Di turned the Nightjar into a community pub which has now been running for 10 years. She has run numerous events and clubs at the Nightjar but the ones that particularly stand out are a weekly social club for the elderly, a community computer club (the average age of members being in their 70s and 80s) and a library.
The pub holds lots of events to raise money for a under 16's centre at the general Hospital in Weston Super Mare and proceeds have been used to purchase TV and DVD players, digital thermometers for babies, portable oxygen monitors, scales for children who are unable to stand and lots more.
Di will be meeting the Queen at the Royal Garden Party next summer, a great honour for her and her family. Di was nominated by Hall & Woodhouse area manager Nick Sellick who said “Di has been involved with the Nightjar for the last 30 years and has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the pub and the local area. The number of community initiatives she has introduced at the Nightjar is endless and this award was thoroughly deserved – she is a unique character and it is a privilege to know her and work with her.”