Mavis Bent from Astley has been a keen and dedicated volunteer for invigilating our school exams over the last ten years since she retired from working for the NHS. However Mavis is not the type of person that treats retirement as an opportunity to slow down, in fact far from it as her achievements – including being awarded an MBE by the Queen clearly demonstrate.
Mavis was given her MBE for her voluntary services to swimming and water polo in the Greater Manchester area whilst she was president of Tyldesley Swimming and Water Polo Club. She first became involved with the club in 1973 when she was advised to take her son Colin swimming to help overcome a medical problem. He later represented GB and England in water polo.
Mavis assisted in the development of the senior water polo team and had taken on many positions including team manager, Secretary and fund raiser and was also a qualified assistant water polo coach. She has also been President (and now Vice President) of Manchester and District Swimming and Water Polo Association
Mavis was particularly instrumental in the negotiations with the local authority to keep Tyldesley Baths open and its subsequent renaming as the Pelican Centre to ensure that it remained a valuable resource for the local community for many years to come.
Not one to sit still, Mavis has taken up crown green bowling and is currently Chair of Atherton and Tyldesley Botanical Gardens Bowling Club but we hope she will continue to invigilate our exams for many more years to come!