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Life of local campaigner, Jan Barron 1944—2019, is to be celebrated in the community with a new award that is to be given to an organisation that has contributed to a local public cause or to a person who has contributed to a local public cause. Commissioned to create the award is accomplished local artist, ceramicist and teacher, Julie Snowball

The new Jan Barron Award is intended to honour her life in a way in which the value of local public service will be at the forefront of local community activity every year, to remember her work with the BBC, Sussex Police, local work with the Parish Pump Magazine, arts groups, the community library and the local causes that she supported.

Talking about the new award, Peter, her husband said, “I loved her for 31 years and I love her now, I hope that what the award will do is to see that the kinds of local causes that were so important to Jan are honoured on a yearly basis.

Commissioned to create the award is accomplished local artist, ceramicist and teacher, Julie Snowball.

Julie lived in Normans Bay for a number of years and now lives in Little Common. As well as having a gallery at the Chalk Gallery in Lewes, for the last two years, she has been a member of the Makery Group that is based at the Emterprise Centre in Eastbourne.

Julie is also an art and ceramics teacher, teaching across East Sussex with events and workshops through the year.

Talking about her commission to create the award,, Julie Snowball told the Pevensey Bay Journal that she ‘was delighted’.

Jan Barron lost her life after a short but brave fight against cancer in October 2019. She was an active campaigner in Pevensey Bay for local public causes. She worked at the BBC as a production assistant. for Cellnet, that became O2. Her most recent paid job was in a civilian role, working with Sussex police, until she retired 9 years ago.

Jan took a very active interest in art and became a member of a number of local art clubs. She was also involved in the organisation of a number of art events.

She also took up a number of key roles for the local Parish Pump magazine, initially as the editor and then for the last five years of her life, as the advertising and distribution manager.

Jan had strong views on animal welfare and 40 years ago she became a vegetarian and just a couple of years ago she became a vegan. She supported Hugletts Farm animal sanctuary

Her strength of view was also communicated in subjects like the European Union. She was an articulate remainer.

Her passion and articulacy was also seen in the last year of her life with her dedication to the cause of the local community library that opened, being both a campaigtner for the cause and a volunteer.

Amongst her last statements was a defence of the NHS on social media and praise for the food from her hospital bed.

Following a discussion with the husband of Jan Barron, Peter today, (9 January), Julie Snowball is set to work on a number of ideas for how the new Award will look.

Peter is to announce the recipient or recipients of the first Jan Barron Award, for local public service to the community in 2019, in February.