Bristolians recognised in Queen's birthday honours
FROM a former City goalkeeper to the founder of a branch of the Samaritans, the great and the good of Bristol were recognised for their extraordinary efforts in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list.
Everyone from business leaders to unsung community heroes were awarded OBEs, MBEs and British Empire Medals.
Former Bristol Lord Mayor and double Post Gold Star winner Chris Davies followed in his father William’s footsteps by being awarded a the newly reintroduced British Empire Medal for services to the Scout Association, the Bristol Port Police and the community.
City councillor Mr Davies, 66, from Knowle, said: “I am really honoured that someone nominated me for this award, for public duty and community service.
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“Everything I have done, and been involved in, was personally rewarding, and it is humbling to be publicly recognised in this way.
“In addition my father was presented with the British Empire Medal for his services in Aden with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, so I am especially pleased to be a recipient of the same award.”
Kerry and Michelle Michael, the brother and sister who oversaw the restoration of Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier pavilion after a devastating fire, were awarded MBEs.
The siblings bought the landmark in February 2008 only to see it destroyed in a massive blaze five months later, caused by an electrical fault.
The Grade II-listed pier underwent a £51 million refurbishment and reopened to the public in October 2010. Since then around three million visitors a year have enjoyed the attraction.
Mr Michael, 52, said he was “stunned and humbled” to be presented with the award for services to the restoration of the pier, but added that the rebuilding project was a team effort.
He said: “It was such a large project and there were so many people involved. To just single us out doesn’t seem fair.”
Former Bristol City and England goalkeeper David James was made an MBE for services to football and charity.
The player, who played for Bristol City, Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, said “extreme hunger” helped him progress in football.
He said: “Even now I am intensely jealous of all the England boys playing. That hunger has kept me going – and still is.”
Wessex Water’s executive chairman Colin Skellett was recognised with a OBE for his services to business and the charity WaterAid.
He said Wessex Water’s customers and staff had helped raise £15 million for the “great” charity, which he has been involved with since it was established to tackle poor sanitation in developing countries in the 1980s.
Of his OBE, Mr Skellett said: “I opened a letter and thought, ‘This is a surprise’. It’s a great honour, particularly in the jubilee year.
It’s great to get recognition for the few bits and pieces you’ve done over the years.”
The Reverend Cyril Grant, 92, founder of the Samaritans’ Bristol branch, was made an MBE for services to the charity.
He said: “I was absolutely astonished that I was worthy of the honour but I’m grateful of it in any case. I’ve never received such an honour before. I’ve always done my best at what I’ve had to do, especially with the Samaritans without thinking about getting a reward for it.”
Rev Grant, from Horfield, said it was an “enormous task” to set up a Bristol branch of the charity in the 1960s, when all other British cities already had branches.
He said: “I was doing it for nearly 50 years with no break at all. I’m proud to be associated with the Samaritans and will keep in touch with them.”
Clifton Rocks Railway volunteer Maggie Shapland, 65, from Clifton, was honoured with the BEM for services conservation and heritage in Clifton.
Ms Shapland is a member of the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society and Bristol Industrial Archeological Society.
She said: “I was very pleased to get the medal. I do a lot of work for the CHIS committee and getting involved in planning issues like fighting for our cast iron lampposts. I’m fiercely protective of Clifton and have looked after the rocks railway since 2005.
“Clifton is a fantastic place to live and I want to protect it from developers who want to ruin it.”
Bristol University volunteer Dave Skelhorne, 70, from Portishead, was made a BEM for services to heritage buildings and higher education. He organises trips up the university’s Wills Memorial Building to raise money for the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal. Since he began the tours 14 years ago, £9,000 has been raised for the cause, which supports Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Mr Skelhorne said: “I feel very humbled and shocked. It’s quite embarrassing. I’m only doing my job but someone obviously thinks it’s worth it.”
Girl Guides leader Elisabeth Cross, 76, was made an MBE for services to young people.
Mrs Cross, a county vice-president with the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Girl Guides, said she was “absolutely astounded” to have been recognised.
She said: “My first reaction was ‘Why me?’ I have no idea who nominated me.”
A girl guide since the age of eight, Mrs Cross, who lives in Alveston, became involved in guiding in Bristol from the 1960s and took up roles as district commissioner, county commissioner and division commissioner.
She said: “It’s great to see the children enjoy themselves and watch them grow. We hope they can gain something from guiding.”
Joan Mossman, 92, from Westbury-on-Trym, was made a BEM for her service to the community over the past 30 years.
She said her husband Peter, who passed away eight years ago, should have received the award.
Ms Mossman said: “I’m honoured but I can’t think why it should be me. I look around and see many more people deserving of it than me.”
She works for dementia research charity Brace and has been a division commissioner in the girl guides, the chairwoman of a townswoman’s guild, a chairwoman of a community health council at Southmead and a trustee of a mental health organisation.
John Woodpic on file made the list of honours for his contribution to policing. With 40 years as a special constable under his belt, the 63-year-old spent most of his career with the force in South Gloucestershire before moving to Almondsbury.
The retired Royal Mail fleet engineer was rewarded for his service at the Community Policing Awards in 2011 and now works in Almondsbury policing the roads in his area. He said: “The letter came as a complete surprise. I was honoured and it's a proud moment for me.”
Sally Lewis, chief executive Officer at the Avon and Somerset Probation Trust, has been awarded an OBE for services to public protection and reducing re-offending. She told the Post she was proud for Bristol and what the trust has achieved in recent years.
Ms Lewis, who has over 30 years of experience in probation, said: “It’s a privilege to lead the very committed and talented staff of Avon and Somerset probation Trust. I very much appreciate this recognition of our achievements in delivering effective public protection on behalf of our communities.”
A Queen’s Police Medal was awarded to Nicholas Merrick, a constable at Avon and Somerset police. Mr Merrick told the Post: “I was shocked to find out and surprised by the award. I feel extremely humbled because I see this as part of my job which has given me a great deal of satisfaction.”
A 96-year-old former NHS nurse was awarded the British Empire Medal. Sybil Moores was matron at Bristol Dental Hospital from 1953 to 1975 and during that time trained 269 nurses. Mrs Moores, who was born in Bristol and now lives in Clifton, had wanted to be a dancing mistress, but her father secured her a job at St Monica’s Home of Rest. It was through this role, where she cared for residents, cleaned and helped in the kitchen, that she decided to become a nurse. Among the tales Mrs Moores recalls was the day when Alfred, the gorilla from Bristol Zoo, attended the dental hospital for an X-ray, after fracturing his jaw.
Chief executive of Bristol & Bath Science Park Bonnie Dean has been handed an OBE for services to design, technology and innovation. Ms Dean has worked principally in engineering companies where it was vital to invest in research, development and innovation to survive and prosper. She was a trustee of the Design Council for six years and was very involved in a programme to introduce design into early stage technology companies to help them accelerate their access to markets and customers. She told the Post: “I am honoured and delighted. The UK excels in design, technology and innovation.
“As a result of our strengths in these areas, the UK and the South West in particular has the potential to launch new industries which could bring decades of growth and create new jobs. It has been a privilege to work in three areas about which I am passionate.”
Sally Davis has been awarded an OBE for services to the community in her village of Farmborough. The 58-year-old Conservative councillor told the Post she was “absolutely gobsmacked”. Miss Davis works with the community, organises monthly lunch meetings in the village and is a church warden. She said: “I was very surprised, I never expected it at all.”
Eric Holdaway was given a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Hutton, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset and former GP, Dr Nicholas Hooper, was honoured with a BEM for services to the community in Bristol and North Somerset.
Other people from the Bristol area to have been recognised in the list were David Richardson, a physics teacher at Clifton College, David Marsh, for services to the surveying profession and to the community, Belle Tutaev, founder of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, and Frederick Blampied, a campaigner for the Inland Waterways Association.