Mrs Norma Long celebrates 100 years young and counting

Councillor Clare Escombe, Chairman of Hawkhurst Parish Council, said “It is with great delight that we are bestowing the title of Honorary Freewoman of the Parish of Hawkhurst to Mrs. Norma Long who is 100 years young and counting on the 1st March 2021.”

Norma has spent her whole life living and working in Hawkhurst. She is an independent woman who is everything good about Hawkhurst.

Due to the current circumstance Norma’s extended family cannot get to celebrate this fabulous day so our thoughts are with them all.

The residents of Hawkhurst have stepped up to an appeal on social media and have sent numerous birthday cards to the Parish Office and we were delighted to drop them off to Norma along with some flowers and a certificate “Bestowing to her the Freewoman of the Parish of Hawkhurst.”

Norma has been a very loyal and enthusiastic member of Hawkhurst Local Historical Society, probably the longest serving member. She is known for her cheese straws which are to die for, as anyone who has attended the social evenings can testify.

Norma is the first person to have the honour of Freewoman of the Parish of Hawkhurst and it is well deserved.