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Well-known volunteer, OBE recipient and Maidenhead JP dies aged 95

Well-known volunteer, OBE recipient and Maidenhead JP dies aged 95

Lucy Golding

Well-known volunteer, OBE recipient and Maidenhead JP dies aged 95

A charitable activist from Maidenhead who received an OBE for her tireless voluntary work in the town has died aged 95.

Peggy Flew first came to Maidenhead in 1943, when her husband Kelvin was appointed as a partner of Claremont Surgery in Cookham Road

When her children John and Richard became older, the qualified social worker started volunteering for the Oxford Diocesan Adoption Society based in Reading.

This involved assessing couples who wished to adopt children.

Soon after this Peggy was appointed as a Justice of the Peace (JP) in Maidenhead, sworn in as the first JP in the reign of the present Queen.

The College Road resident served as a JP for 36 years, was made Chairman of the Juvenile bench and then Chairman of the Maidenhead bench until her retirement when she was 70.

Peggy was also chairman of the Berkshire Probation Committee and sat on the National Council for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO).

She did this while undertaking positions as chairman of Maidenhead Community Playgroup and chairman of Maidenhead family Welfare Association.

In 1987 Peggy received an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.

She died on Tuesday, July 15 after a short illness in Harwood House, Cookham Dean, leaving two sons, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Her son Dr Richard Flew said: "She was never paid for anything she did."

"She was very determined, she loved to be busy and she got involved in everything.

"Her home and family was very important to her, and her and my father were very close."

Kelvin Flew died 14 years ago.

Peggy's funeral is being held at Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham tomorrow on Friday at 1.45pm.


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