1993 Joyce(Joy) was awarded the QSM medal. This was reported as follow s:
" When Joyce Hirst (65) became secretary of the 1958 Clevedon A & P Sho w she could not have guessed what the job would lead to. More than 30 y ears, 34 shows and 17 presidents later, she has been named in the New Y ears honours list for a Queens Service Medal to be awarded in May. Miss Hirst , who lives in Papakura, was born in Orere and went to school in Clevedon. She was working at the Clevedon butcher shop when she was a sked by the then A and P Association president to become secretary. He r job begins nearly six months before the November show. Along with ot her members of the executive committee, they organise sponsors and trad e space to support the show. Then the programme is worked out with las t year's competitors being sent a copy. Entries start comming in aroun d September/October and have to be sorted and recorded. On the big day she is still hard at work behind the scenes in the office and misses m ost of the show. She says the job is a lot of hard work, but she enjoy s it." " I have thoght of giving it up a few times but I'm still doing it" she says.