Birthday Honours recipients receive awards
Date Added: 30/09/2015
Bedfordshire residents recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List have been presented with their awards at a special ceremony.
HM Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis presented awards to the eight recipients, as well as three British Empire Medals and the Lord-Lieutenant’s Community Engagement Award at a ceremony at the Shuttleworth Collection and the Swiss Garden, in Old Warden.
Dignitaries including High Sheriff of Bedfordshire the Countess of Erroll, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council Cllr David Bowater and Mayor of Luton David Taylor were joined by family members and friends of the recipients at the ceremony, where the award winners’ achievements were read out by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.
The recipients honoured were:
Peter Horrocks CBE (Aspley Guise, lately Director, BBC World Service Group – for services to broadcasting)
Raymond Aldous MBE (Luton – for services to young people and scouting in Bedfordshire)
Jean Ball MBE (Leighton Buzzard – for services to the community in Stanbridge)
Rita Jarman MBE (Luton – for services to young people and scouting in Bedfordshire)
Lionel Stewart MBE (Kempston – for services to the community in Bedfordshire)
James O’Connor MBE (Works in Luton, lives in Buckinghamshire, Chief Executive, Noah Enterprises – for services to homeless people in Luton)
Clifton Ibbett OBE (Bedfordshire – for services to charity and to the community in Bedfordshire)
Peter Harwood OBE (Sandy, lately Chief Conciliator, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service – for services to the economy and employment relations)
British Empire Medals were presented to:
Susan Bell BEM (Bedfordshire – for services to diving)
Allan Jones BEM (Bedfordshire, Honorary President, Edmonton Unit, Sea Cadet Corps – for voluntary service)
Anne Eileen McMahon BEM (Honorary, Luton – for voluntary service)
The Lord-Lieutenant also recognised a group of law students from the University of Bedfordshire who set up the Refugee Legal Aid Project, which is run in conjunction with the Bedfordshire Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support.
The students were honoured with the Lord-Lieutenant’s Community Engagement Award.
Mrs Nellis said: “I am delighted to be recognising Honours recipients, British Empire Medals and awards in Old Warden which has two of the jewels of Bedfordshire, the Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden.
“The success of Bedfordshire residents being honoured in these various ways is truly inspirational. This is high recognition of their exceptional career achievements and voluntary work. It underlines that Bedfordshire people make special contributions to their roles and to our vibrant communities.”