Six Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities.
The winners, announced in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours this year, attended a special ceremony at County Buildings in Stafford on Tuesday 4th April 2017.
Medals were presented to winners by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, watched by their family and friends.
The recipients were as follows:
Mr Peter Cave – For services to Victims and Witnesses in Staffordshire.
Mrs Denise De Wet – For services to Dance and the Voluntary sector in Staffordshire.
Mrs Margaret Heath – For services to community in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.
Mr David Emley – For services to Higher Education and Natural History in Staffordshire.
Mrs Mary Tiso – For services to the community of Harlaston, Staffordshire.
Mrs Brigid Spicer – For services to Young People and the community in Tamworth.
Ian Dudson, Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire said:
“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 6 local people have been recognised in the New Year’ honours list with this award, for their wonderful contributions within Staffordshire and I am privileged to be presenting their Medals on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen”
Mr Peter Cave said:
“The award to me of a BEM for my work with both victims and witnesses of crime in Staffordshire came ‘out of the blue’ as one does not normally expect much in the way of thanks for voluntary work. However, this honour has been received with much pride showing as it does that my efforts over the past 22 years have been recognised and appreciated in this way.
Mrs Denise De Wet said:
“I felt so humbled when I received the letter about the BEM, I am being given a medal for a life time of work that has brought me so much joy! I have often been asked, in retrospect, would I do as much work voluntarily, in another life. My riches are immeasurable and to receive the BEM is simply the icing on the cake.
Mrs Margaret Heath:
“I am absolutely delighted to receive this award and be recognised for my contributions. I feel proud and very honoured to be presented with a British Empire Medal.
Mr David Emley said:
“To receive the British Empire medal is a huge, and very unexpected, honour and I am very grateful that all my work has been recognised in this way. I hope that I have been able to encourage people to take an interest in, and to appreciate, the natural world around them.
Mrs Brigid Spicer:
I feel very privileged and deeply humbled to receive this medal and I shall treasure it forever. I would like to thank my husband, children, grandchildren, relatives from Ireland and my dear friends for being here to celebrate with me today. Lastly a very sincere thank you to the person who nominated me and I pray the Lord will reward you for your thoughtfulness.”
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