Ida McMaster, who lives
in Mount Bures, has been given the honour for her services
to history and archaeology.
"I'm very thrilled and honoured and have loved doing what
I have done," said Mrs McMaster, who is a member of the
Colchester Archaeology Group and often flew over Mount Bures
taking aerial photographs.
She said: "It is a lovely feeling knowing that you are being
honoured for your work."
Mount Bures, she said, had interesting features including
the castle mound next to St John the Baptist Church.
"There are now wooden steps up to the top of the mound and
you get a wonderful view of the area," she said.
The mound probably dates back to the Norman conquest and
would have housed a timber tower.
The information and photographs she collected were put into
her book, Mount Bures, Its Lands and People, which eventually
led to the creation of the village's website.
She helped villager Alan Beales compile the site which can
be found at www.mount-bures.co.uk
Mr Beales said he was thrilled Mrs McMaster had been honoured.
"This is wonderful news for her and the village. She has
put a lot of effort into her work," he said.
Mr Beales has also congratulated her on the website, saying:
"If it were not for Ida's unwavering assistance from the
very start back in 2003 this site would not have been created."
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