County Hall Medal Presentation – Hertford Tuesday afternoon 30th October 2013


John Elliot and Angela Cox

Have you ever lived a nightmare, well we did. Due to arrive at the presentation of the British Empire Medal to two Three Rivers residents by The Lord Lieutenant at County Hall at 4.00 for 4.30pm,  we got stuck in a traffic jam on the M25. As the time ticked by our frustration grew, thank goodness my wife was driving! We eventually arrived at 6.00pm, just as the event was finishing, after over a 3 hour journey that should have taken 40 minutes. Luckily our two distinguished residents were still there and we were introduced. Angela Cox from Oxhey was awarded the BEM for voluntary service to people affected by breast cancer and John Elliot from South Oxhey for services to young people and the community. We were so relieved to actually meet these two exceptional people.
Angela is a  Mount Vernon hospital volunteer from Oxhey,  who after 17 years of work with breast cancer sufferers began working with cancer patients after her own recovery from the disease in 1996. Ms Cox was a fitness teacher before she became ill and couldn’t go back to work afterwards. The hospital suggested she start an exercise service for other women living with cancer. She puts on an hours  exercise session once a week on a voluntary basis and patients and staff at Mount Vernon hospital put forward her name for the honour.
John is the founder and driving force behind Oxhey Jets FC he was born in South Oxhey and has lived there his whole life. He formed Oxhey Jets in 1972 from an existing Boys Brigade team. Since those S West Herts Youth League days, Jets have continued to grow and now operate a number of sides from their Altham Way home, Boundary Stadium. Thousands of local people have been involved with the club or benefited from the support and services that John and the Jets have provided over the past 41 years to the extent that many South Oxhey families have generations of Jets running through them.
I must have had a team playing against him way back when I was a football manager for Chiltern United. Getting there late meant that I had to be the last man out and turn off the lights…..
With Viscountess Trenchard High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and Peter Ruffles Vice Chair  HCC

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