National Honours Recipients

Her Majesty The Queen Birthday Honours List for Devon 2018

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): Mark John Criddle, Professor Sian Ellard, Professor Deborah Greaves, Ms Anne Josephine Moore.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): Mrs Mary-Jane Butler, Mrs Jayne Anne Clemence, Richard Neil Frost, Neil Frederick Handly, Alistair Handyside, Colin William John Hodgetts, Stephen Hudson.

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM): Mrs Gina Lorraine Awad, Arnold Joseph Bradbury,  Mrs Rosemary Cole, Mrs Joan Dixon, Mrs Ann Elizabeth Liverton, Mrs Jennifer Hazel Newman, Roger William Pullen , Ms Judith Catherine Reynolds, Stuart Jeffrey Rogers, Mrs Caroline Steffens, Mrs Anne Kathleen Tattersall, Mrs Susan Jaen Veale.

Royal recognition for Devon’s top volunteer groups

Two Devon volunteer groups have received the Royal seal of approval and honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018

Dartmouth Caring,

SSAFA. “The Armed Forces Charity” – Devon Branch.

The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2017 

Knighthoods : Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo, OBE

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire: Mrs Angela Mary Pedder, OBE

Commander of the Order of he British Empire (CBE): Mrs Julia Kathleen Nancy McKenzie

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): Stephen Melville Criddle, Ms Jeanine Hendrick, Professor Richard Charles Thompson.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): Donald Edward Delachevois Campbell, Alec George Collyer, Dr David Martyn Evans, James William Ferguson, Tobiasz Gorniak, Ms Christine Ann Jeffery, Miss Janet Elizabeth Parrott

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM): Mark Gunter Beyer, Mrs Frances Edwards, Henry Arnold Hill

Her Majesty The Queen Birthday Honours List for Devon 2017

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) -Professor Andrew Tym Hattersley, FRS

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)- Mrs Ruth Elizabeth Airdie, Mr Andy Banks, Mrs Carole Lesley Burgoyne, Professor (Christopher) Terence Lewis, Mrs Vera May Mitchell, Mr Norman Veitch and Mr Willem Patrick Visscher.

Medallist of the order of the British Empire (BEM)- Miss Rachel Hayes, Mrs Mary Hugo, Mr Brian Medhurst and Mrs Maureen Pearl Selley.

Royal recognition for Devon’s top volunteer groups

Five Devon volunteer groups have received the Royal seal of approval and honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017.

The award, the highest given each year to volunteer groups, sets the benchmark for excellence in volunteering and is equivalent in status to the MBE. It recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping and providing opportunity for others in the community and improving the quality of life. This year’s winners in Devon are: • Devon and Cornwall Community Advice Support Service (CASS+) • Hope Cove Life Boat, South Hams  • National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) station Torbay • The Estuary League of Friends, Topsham, Exeter • The Stewards of the Devon County Show

They will be presented with their awards by Devon’s Lord Lieutenant, David Fursdon, the Queen’s personal representative in the county, at a special ceremonial event later in the year. Lord-Lieutenant David Fursdon said: “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is highly sought after and speaks volumes for the strength and value of the voluntary sector in Devon as well as giving national recognition to the marvellous achievements of this year’s Award winners. The Awards Ceremony in County Hall, Exeter, will be a very special occasion. “I very much hope that these Awards will act as an inspiration to all voluntary groups and volunteers in the county and encourage yet more nominations to be made.”

Carole Edwards, general manager CASS+ said: “We are thrilled to accept the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of our charity, CASSPLUS. This is a real honour and is testament to the commitment of a very small team of staff, and a very much larger team of volunteers, over the past 11 years. “We have been on quite a journey. I am so proud of everyone who has been involved with us-both past and present. They have helped to shape CASSPLUS and, most critically, to shape the lives of thousands of vulnerable people they have touched along the way. ”

Graham Phillips, Chairman of Hope Cove Life Boat said: “It is both flattering and humbling to think that we have even been nominated for such an award, bearing in mind the enormous amount of voluntary work that goes on around the Country, by so many people, from so many walks of life. “It is both a privilege, and an honour to realise that Hope Cove Life Boat has been chosen as a recipient of the award. “The tireless work of ‘backroom personnel’ has enabled the boat to exist, but, without the ceaseless efforts of the crew, the craft would not operate. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; these men and women, risk their lives voluntarily, to protect and save the lives of others.”

Torbay’s NCI Station Manager Martin Crapper said : “We at Torbay NCI feel so proud to have been chosen for such a prestigious award; our members feel honoured to be recognised for the work we undertake in the Bay. “On behalf of our Watchkeepers, I would like to thank the public for their generosity over the last seven years; this has allowed us to receive this ultimate recognition.”

Rachel Gilpin, Chief Executive of the Estuary League of Friends, said: “We are delighted to learn that Estuary has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on our thirtieth anniversary. We are incredibly proud of the 160 local people who volunteer their time to make a difference and without whom our work would not be possible. The Award is testament to their commitment and dedication.”

Ollie Allen, Secretary of the Devon County Show, said: “The Devon County Agricultural Association is delighted that the Volunteer Stewards of the Devon County Show have been recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. “Having just come through this year’s Devon County Show, I am sure the voluntary stewards will be extremely grateful that their contribution to the biggest, annual celebration of life in Devon has been recognised. I am so proud and pleased that the hard work of the Volunteers has been rewarded with this huge honour.”

Please find below extracts from the citations for each of the winning groups: Devon and Cornwall Community Advice and Support Service (CASS+) CASS+ volunteers seek to provide effective signposting to support agencies, social services and liaison with Justice departments. They are demonstrably effective in addressing a gap between the administration of justice and the provision of support and guidance thus reducing recidivism and reducing the cost to the public purse of the sort of low-level crime that forms such a high proportion of cases to come before the Bench. Hope Cove Life Boat The community of Hope Cove has taken the initiative and have come together to form a Charity and raise significant funds to buy and equip their own rescue boat. It is crewed by fully trained volunteers providing a 24/7 call out service, to exacting standards set by the MCA, and is now a ‘declared facility’ by them. Volunteers play a part in all aspects of the Lifeboat by constantly fundraising to support running expenses; maintenance; crew training; essential protective clothing and a replacement boat in the future. Truly a volunteer led community venture that has achieved so much in its six years for the benefit of a local population of under 300 that expands to well over 3000 during the summer months not including the thousands of tourists who visit the wider Bigbury Bay area. National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) station Torbay, Devon The NCI’s purpose-built watchtower is managed all year round in daylight hours by pairs of highly enthusiastic volunteers, drawn from a total of 51 (which includes eight females) who carry out four-hour shifts. The volunteers’ ages range, mostly, from 45 upwards. A small committee of core members, all with specific roles, efficiently run this most impressive station. Torbay NCI has an enthusiastic and well organised management team well supported by its volunteers who carry out all their safety duties with great dedication. The Estuary League of Friends This charity is an excellent example of a local community helping itself and, in large part, an older generation helping an older generation to mutual benefit. The commitment and enthusiasm of those involved is palpable and inspiring; and the benefits to those in need real and considerable. In 2017, the group’s 30th year, the start of the building of the Community Hub will begin a new and exciting chapter in its development. The Stewards of the Devon County Show The continuing success of the Show relies totally on its volunteer base of stewards who manage every aspect of the Show in a highly professional manner not only on the three days of the event but by being involved all year in the planning and committee stages with the small staff team and other professional bodies and agencies. The Stewards of the Devon County Show are an excellent example of a highly motivated and committed group of volunteers who work tirelessly all the year round to ensure the success of the three-day event. They actively recruit newer and younger volunteers, acting as positive role models in order to provide the volunteer stewards of the future. Quite simply, without the volunteers the Show would not be able function.

David Beasley, Devon County Council, 01392 382558 media@devon.gov.uk; www.devonnewscentre.info;

The under mentioned were awarded National Honours

The Queen’s New Years Honours List 2017

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) -Professor Michael H Depledge, Robert M Gilbert, Professor Janice M Kay, Roger J Hope.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) -Ms Ciara Eastell

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – Miss Giselle A Ansley, Derek Y Dawes, Dr Victoria A Goodwin, Mrs Patricia A Gould, John W Greenslade, Mrs Bronwen G Hewitt

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) – Mrs Zena J Avery, Peter Bromell, Mrs Angela Chant, Barrie Charlesworth, Mrs Jeanette J Courtman, Mrs Maureen M Gilbert, Mrs Melissa F Middleton, Norman F Pullen.

The under mentioned were awarded National Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) – Mrs Philippa Woods

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – Mr Robert T Carlson

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – Mr Laurie Adams, Dr Robin H. Buckland, Mrs Alison Gilligan, Mr Thomas Gilligan, Mr David E. Ham, Mr Paul F. Hudson, Miss Felicity Wilson-Rudd

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) – Mrs Rosemary A. Hawken, Mrs Margaret Lewis, Mr Ian W. Stuart, Miss Angela C. Thomas, Mr Jeffrey M Trail, Mr Alan P. White

Royal recognition for Devon’s top volunteer groups

Three Devon volunteer groups receive the Royal seal of approval as they are honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the year of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

The Award, the highest given each year to volunteer groups, sets the benchmark for excellence in volunteering and is equivalent in status to the MBE. It recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping and providing opportunity for others in the community and improving the quality of life.

This year’s winners in Devon are:

  • Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Great Torrington Cavaliers
  • Shaldon Tidal Defence Scheme Gate Volunteers.

They will be presented with their awards by HM Lord Lieutenant, David Fursdon, at a special ceremonial event later in the year. 

HM Lord-Lieutenant said: “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is highly sought after and speaks volumes for the strength and value of the voluntary sector in Devon as well as giving national recognition to the marvellous achievements of this year’s Award winners. The Awards Ceremony in County Hall, Exeter, will be a very special occasion. 

I very much hope that these Awards will act as an inspiration to all voluntary groups and volunteers in the county and encourage yet more nominations to be made.” 

Steve Barriball, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Exeter, said: “We are thrilled and delighted with this award. It’s testament to the dedication of both our volunteers and employees during a time when demand for our service has been amongst the highest ever. The work the team does is so vital, often providing support in times of uncertainty or crisis for our clients. We want to use the award to further raise awareness of what we do and how people can access our services or support us, either as businesses or individuals.”

Torrington Cavaliers Chairman, Steve Young, said: “The Cavaliers are honoured to receive this prestigious award. It recognises all the hard work done by the group since we were formed in 1970. It’s estimated that we’ve raised and given away nearly half a million pounds in that time, helping thousands of local and national charities and good causes.

The founder members and all who have been involved since would be and are proud to be honoured in this way. The motto established by the founders of the group was ‘To provide entertainment the like of which Torrington has never seen before’, we will continue to do this and support the town in any way we can”.

Peter Williams of the Shaldon Tidal Flood Defence Volunteers said: “We are very thrilled to hear that we have received a Queens Award for Voluntary Services.  Recognition of our efforts to protect our community from flooding serves not only to delight us but will also enable us to spread the news and recruit new volunteers.  Flood defence gate closure can be hard work – moving debris and sand from the slipways and ensuring that health and safety procedures are adopted. The national recognition of our service will help strengthen our morale as a cohesive group.   Public understanding on the need for gate closure, and willingness to put up with the inconvenience of occasional limited access to the river by boaters, fishermen and holiday makers will be enhanced by the increased favourable publicity that the award will bring”.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Groups must be nominated for the award, for example, by beneficiaries of their work, members of the public, representatives of public bodies, or other voluntary groups.

For more information about the Award and details of how nominations can be made, please log on to: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ or telephone the Devon Lieutenancy Office on 01392 383042


The under mentioned were awarded National Honours

The Queen’s New Years Honours List 2016

Commander of the Order of the British Empire ( CBE ) – Professor Christopher J K Bulstrode

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – Ms Evelynne A Berger,  Mrs Christine J Bromley, Councillor Tudor Evans, John C Varley, TD

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – Jeremy C Grammer, RD, Mrs Jane C Howarth, Mrs Audrey M Moore, Mrs Jill Woodhouse

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) – Mrs Sylvia P Ainsworth, Mrs Glenda Frost, Miss Fiona Fry, Mrs Gillian M Laws, Mrs Marilyn R Sharp, Peter Twyman

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – Lady Elizabeth Kitson

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – Keith Richard Vincent Asman, Edward Arthur William Burnell, Mrs Patricia Anne Graham, Charles de Lisle Inniss, Mrs Claire Louise Layland,  Alan Francis Peter Lowe, Mrs Ann McDonald, Mrs Maria Mills, David William Morgan, Professor Debra Ann Myhill, Miss Michelle Denise Newman, Mrs Heather Ann Ogburn, Mrs Joanne Marie Pavey, Garry Douglas Reed, Ms Elizabeth Margaret Ropschitz

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) – Percy George Davey, Mrs Katherine Grace Laing, Andrew Howard Quick, Donald John Roberts

Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015

Clinton Devon Estates – International Trade

Bicton Arena
East Budleigh
Devon EX9 7BL

Fraser Anti-Static Techniques Ltd – Sustainable Development

Scotts Business Park
Bampton, Devon
EX16 9FD

Sub10 Systems Ltd – International Trade

Ash House Canal Way
Kingsteignton Newton Abbot, UK TQ12 3RZ

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015

Acorn & Squirrels Riding for the Disabled Group, Exeter

Oaklands Riding School Balls Farm Road
Alphington
EXETER EX2 9JA

The Volunteers for St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth

Turnchapel
Plymouth PL9 9XA

Devon New Years Honours 2015

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) – The Right Honourable (John) Michael Jack

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – Dr Sarah Buck

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)- Ian John Courtney, Edward Barry Farwell, Ms Linda Ashbarry Hughes JP, Frank William Letch, Ronald Edward Ley, Alistair McArthur, Mrs Julie Ann McLean, Mrs Deidre Nutt, Charles Albert Stripp.

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) – Mrs Anne Barratt, Mrs June Ellen Brown, Mrs Jane Campbell, Mrs Sylvia Gilson, Trevor Dennis Stratford, QGM, James William Waldron.