Winslow Citizen Of The Year award “a wonderful surprise”

Vron Corben, Winslow Citizen of the Year 2013
Vron Corben, Winslow Citizen of the Year 2013

The Winslow Citizen Of The Year Award has been presented to a woman who has played a major part in organising three Royal Jubilee celebrations in the town.

Vron Corben, who turned 60 this week, was presented with the award at the annual town meeting last Thursday.

She has been involved in the life of Winslow since she and her husband, Dennis, moved there in 1974, acting as secretary to the committee organising the town’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.

In 2003, Mrs Corben played a major part in organising the town’s Golden Jubilee celebration. And last year, she was instrumental in getting the Diamond Jubilee celebrations up and running.

Mrs Corben also helped with the playgroup when her four children were young, is president of the town’s twinning association and is an active member of the St Albans Catholic chapel.

She was the driving force in forming Winslow Churches Together, which she chairs, and also the recently formed Winslow Big Society Group.

Mrs Corben, who retired this week from her demanding role as assistant director of nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said she was “completely overwhelmed” by the award.

She said: “It was a wonderful surprise. I’m sure there were people more deserving than me but it was a great honour and a lovely evening.”

And she paid tribute to her husband, whom she described as “incredibly supportive and very patient”.

“I couldn’t have done it without him,” she said.

“It must be like living with a whirlwind.”

She added: “I certainly want to carry on doing things but I’d like to use my skills in another way. I don’t intend to vegetate, definitely.”