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British Empire Medals awarded to Staffordshire residents

Five Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities.

The winners were announced in The Queen’s Birthday Honours this year and attended a special ceremony hosted by the Chairman of Staffordshire County Council at County Buildings in Stafford on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Medals were presented to the winners by the Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

The recipients were as follows:

  • Mr Frank Hancock – For services to  Golf and the community of Staffordshire
  • Miss Beryl Barcroft – For services to Young People and the community of Forsbrook
  • Mr Leonard Bates – For services to the community in Acton Trussell, Bednall and Teddersley Hay
  • Mrs Avril Cotterill– For services to the community in Haughton
  • Mrs Margaret Thompson – For services to the community of Shareshill.

Chairman of Staffordshire County Council, Michael Greatorex said:

“It was a great privilege for me to host this presentation and honour another 5 people from Staffordshire who have done so much for our communities. They have all made invaluable contributions in their services and it is a pleasure to have taken part today and see them receive such prestigious recognition from Her Majesty for their hard work given over many years”

Mr Dudson added:

“The British Empire Medal is now fully re-established as a significant part of our Honours system, often uniquely recognising voluntary contributions at a very local community level.  I am delighted that 5 local people have been recognised for their wonderful contributions within Staffordshire and I am privileged to have presented their Medals on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen”

Mrs Cotterill said:

“My medal award really belongs to the people of Haughton. The Parish council and other village organisations all work tirelessly to make Haughton a village to be proud of. Winning the best kept village this year was our icing on the cake which was sponsored by Staffordshire County Council and District Trophy Donors.”

Mrs Thompson said:

“I was so shocked when the letter arrived to say that I was receiving an award. I feel both privileged and honoured to receive the British Empire Medal. I would like to thank the people who nominated me and all my family and friends who have supported the fund raising events which we have held over the years. It has always given me great pleasure to see people getting together and enjoying an event which I have organised.”

Mr Len Bates said:

“From 1979 to 1999 I was a Parish Councillor for Acton Trussell, Bednall and Teddersley Hay, from 1995 – 1999 I was the Chairman. Moving on from 2002-2011 I was the Vice Chairman of the Walsall council Standards Committee. From 2011 to date I am a South Staffs District Councillor for Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell and I am currently the Vice Chair of the Council.”

Miss Beryl Barcroft said:

“When I opened the letter I couldn’t believe it, I was so thrilled. Not just for myself but for the Sunday school at Forsbrook Methodist, as it gives it the recognition it deserves.”

People can find out more about the Queen’s Awards at: www.gov.uk/honours/overview