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Castlereagh Nursery School, Belfast

Mrs Lorainne Pendleton BEM

30th Sep 2021

We are absolutely delighted to say 'Congratulations' to our very own Mrs Pendleton on her very recent and very deserving award from the Queen.  She has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Early Childhood Education here in Castlereagh Nursery School.  Some of you may know that Lorainne has been a member of the Castlereagh Nursery School team for 42 years.  She has dedicated her working life to the nurture and education of so many young children over the years.  We are so happy to see this recognised in a very fitting and special way.


Here is a little information about the award she has received. 

The BEM or the British Empire Medal is a medal awarded for meritorious (meaning ‘deserving reward or praise’) civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.  The current honour was created in 1922 to replace the original medal which had been established in 1917 as part of the Order of the British Empire.  Recipients of the BEM are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ‘BEM’ after their names.

The BEM is very often awarded for ‘hands-on’ service to the local community.  This could be long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.