MBEs and OBEs for Herefordshire in New Year's Honours list

THOSE who put the interests of the Herefordshire community before their own have been recognised in the New Year's honours list.

John Rudolf Gerrish received a British Empire Medal for his services to the community in Dilwyn. He was one of the main reasons that the village kept its school after Herefordshire Council closed the primary more than two years ago.

Dr Malcolm Russell is another who often goes above and beyond to help others as part of his work with the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS).

The former military doctor was given an MBE for his work with emergency services at the scene of road accidents across the county.

Also receiving an MBE is Christopher Whitney for services to the Hereford Diocese – which includes educational work in South Wye.

David Kemp, the music teacher and assistant head at Queens Elizabeth Humanities College in Bromyard, was another recognised for his efforts in education.

He was awarded the MBE as was Keith Pratley for his community work in Hereford.

Meanwhile, collecting OBEs are Leominster’s Dr Margaret Du Feu, for services to deaf people, and Charles Matthews.

Mr Matthews, from Llangarron, is recognised for his work within the fields of technology and innovation.

For more on all the honour winners, see Thursday’s Hereford Times.

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2:38pm Tue 31 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

About time these Empire awards were called something else.
Also they should go to people who really deserve recognition not like the doc who delivered the royal baby being given a knighthood.What the hell is that all about?
About time these Empire awards were called something else. Also they should go to people who really deserve recognition not like the doc who delivered the royal baby being given a knighthood.What the hell is that all about? William Rudd

4:45pm Tue 31 Dec 13

dippyhippy says...

A big well done to Malcolm Russell - he truly is deserving of an award.
A big well done to Malcolm Russell - he truly is deserving of an award. dippyhippy

8:09pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Everywhere says...

I see that there is a carrot dangling - must purchase the HT this week to discover who else has received an award !
Never absulatly sure if people should get an award for doing their paid job - if they are volunteers that's different .
I see that there is a carrot dangling - must purchase the HT this week to discover who else has received an award ! Never absulatly sure if people should get an award for doing their paid job - if they are volunteers that's different . Everywhere

6:16am Wed 1 Jan 14

B the B says...

I get a bit fed up when I see these well known personalities getting awards for doing what they get paid vast amounts for, sportsman, DJ's etc its a joke.
I am all for the person who holds down a full time job and then goes on to do unpaid work in the community getting a gong, that's who should get them. I wouldn't comment on the locals who just got them as I don't know them but they are clearly not over paid stars so congratulations.
I get a bit fed up when I see these well known personalities getting awards for doing what they get paid vast amounts for, sportsman, DJ's etc its a joke. I am all for the person who holds down a full time job and then goes on to do unpaid work in the community getting a gong, that's who should get them. I wouldn't comment on the locals who just got them as I don't know them but they are clearly not over paid stars so congratulations. B the B

11:54am Wed 1 Jan 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Must agree with most of the above, in fact the doctor who got an award did not deliver the child he was there to oversea the goings on.
Actors, sporty people and those who give money to political party's are well represented as usual, although some of them do charity work, like many in our community. Then I read that Beckham and Murray should have been knighted, what nonsense.
Which brings me on to another point, royals when dressed up in military uniform, yes a few of them have seen service but Edward who failed the Marine course shows up with five or six medals when dressed up as an officer.
Must agree with most of the above, in fact the doctor who got an award did not deliver the child he was there to oversea the goings on. Actors, sporty people and those who give money to political party's are well represented as usual, although some of them do charity work, like many in our community. Then I read that Beckham and Murray should have been knighted, what nonsense. Which brings me on to another point, royals when dressed up in military uniform, yes a few of them have seen service but Edward who failed the Marine course shows up with five or six medals when dressed up as an officer. Mr.Herefordian

12:04pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Everywhere says...

Mr Hetefordian , the point you make about the medals is correct , it also includes the likes of Police Officers and similar who were given Jubilee medals , depending on Service some would have received two or more .
Mr Hetefordian , the point you make about the medals is correct , it also includes the likes of Police Officers and similar who were given Jubilee medals , depending on Service some would have received two or more . Everywhere

9:55pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Hachyt says...

Quite why has David kemp been awarded an honour? Can think of numerous teachers who work long hard hours and deserve one?
Quite why has David kemp been awarded an honour? Can think of numerous teachers who work long hard hours and deserve one? Hachyt

5:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

silentbull2 says...

It's all become one 'I'll scratch your back you scratch mine' complete farce! !!!
There are some on the list that deserve the honour
But there's others that shouldn't be on there, a doctor delivering a baby??? Aren't they expected to do that anyway?? And isn't it one of most natural things in life???
It's all become one 'I'll scratch your back you scratch mine' complete farce! !!! There are some on the list that deserve the honour But there's others that shouldn't be on there, a doctor delivering a baby??? Aren't they expected to do that anyway?? And isn't it one of most natural things in life??? silentbull2

6:05am Thu 2 Jan 14

B the B says...

I am a tad worried, two post, this one and the one about a teacher giving Health and Safety advice, has had everyone in agreement, did something happen over the new year. Have we all been "got too", how long will it last. Happy New year to all posters.
I am a tad worried, two post, this one and the one about a teacher giving Health and Safety advice, has had everyone in agreement, did something happen over the new year. Have we all been "got too", how long will it last. Happy New year to all posters. B the B

8:27am Thu 2 Jan 14

Spacegazer says...

Well done Dr Malcolm Russell. Very deserving of the award for all the good work he does and lives saved.
Well done Dr Malcolm Russell. Very deserving of the award for all the good work he does and lives saved. Spacegazer

11:38am Thu 2 Jan 14

fordshire77 says...

once again our Bobby47 missed out!!
once again our Bobby47 missed out!! fordshire77

10:41pm Thu 2 Jan 14

dippyhippy says...

And a very Happy New Year to you B the B!

And don't worry..... I am quite sure that normal service will resume shortly!
And a very Happy New Year to you B the B! And don't worry..... I am quite sure that normal service will resume shortly! dippyhippy

6:18pm Mon 6 Jan 14

dadgey says...

I wish I could do something really worthy for a few years, get nominated for some sort of 'gong' by my adoring associates, and then turn it down with a dramatic flourish and say 'I didn't do it for the recognition-I just wanted to help the community. Sob.' Think of the kudos! I would never have to pay for a pint ever again!
I wish I could do something really worthy for a few years, get nominated for some sort of 'gong' by my adoring associates, and then turn it down with a dramatic flourish and say 'I didn't do it for the recognition-I just wanted to help the community. Sob.' Think of the kudos! I would never have to pay for a pint ever again! dadgey

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