A HEREFORDSHIRE man has been honoured by King Charles as he received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Tom Nellist is from Eau Withington, near Hereford, and has been recognised for lifetime voluntary and charitable services for agriculture in Herefordshire.

He formally accepted the MBE from the King on December 12, 2023, after being awarded it in the 2023 New Years Honours.

Mr Nellist and his family, including wife Ann, daughter Rebecca and son Paul, went to meet King Charles at Windsor Castle.

His daughter Rebecca Edwards said: "Tom Nellist has been awarded an MBE for lifetime voluntary and charitable services in Herefordshire.

"Now in his 83rd year he has been involved with the finances of the Trumpet and District Agricultural Society since 1962, remains chairman for the Herefordshire Corn Exchange Trust and only recently retired as secretary to the Herefordshire Agricultural Club which he held for over 20 years!"


His retirement from the Herefordshire Agricultural Club came in 2020, when he handed over to the new secretary Gina Quan.

At the time of his retirement, the club wrote on its website: "We are all grateful for his tremendous work. The Ag Club will not be the same without his careful guidance and approach to organisation."

There were also several Herefordshire people honoured in the King's New Year list this year, including Philip Chandler MBE, Ellie Somme, Lyndsey Evans BEM, Rosemary Webb BEM and Louise Wright BEM.