Mid Sussex residents honoured by Queen

Lorraine Mercer pictured with carer Michelle Evans in 2012 ENGSUS00120120627153833
Lorraine Mercer pictured with carer Michelle Evans in 2012 ENGSUS00120120627153833

Community champions across Mid Sussex have been honoured for their hard work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Among those awarded is recently-retired director of Wakehurst Place Andy Jackson, who has been recognised with an MBE.

Andy Jackson. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140303-201911001

Andy Jackson. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140303-201911001

Andy announced his retirement in April after 31 years of service to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

He spent 25 years with Wakehurst Place in Ardingly.

He said: “The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and all of its partners around the world have given me the opportunity to roll up my sleeves, get my fingernails dirty and to do something personally to give hope for the future to some of the world’s rarest plants.

“Through education, Kew helped me to understand the value of plants. I will now give my time as a volunteer to help Kew to conserve and use plants to enhance the quality of our lives.”

Jenny KilBride has been awarded an MBE for her work with Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

Jenny KilBride has been awarded an MBE for her work with Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

He has been celebrated for services to conservation.

Jenny KilBride, chair of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft for over ten years, has been awarded an MBE for services to art and craft.

As the chief fundraiser for the 2013 award-winning redevelopment of the museum, she raised £2.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, charitable trusts, foundations and individuals.

She said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive an MBE. My achievements over the last few years have been the result of working with a dedicated team, particularly in the case of the redevelopment of Ditchling Museum.

“This distinction belongs as much to the many talented and hardworking individuals who were part of that team.”

In August, she will stand down from her role at the museum to return to her first career. From the early 1970s to the late 1980s she worked as a silk weaver and vestment maker in the family business.

Thalidomide sufferer Lorraine Mercer, of Haywards Heath, was also awarded an MBE.

Lorraine, who has no arms and legs due to the controversial drug, was honoured for services to the community and charity.

She was selected as a torchbearer prior to the London Olympics in 2012 and later told the Middy that the experience was ‘the highlight of her life’.

Haywards Heath woman Clare Collins has received an MBE for education and school governance.

Clare is the chair of governors at Weyfield Primary Academy in Guildford, leading and managing the National Governors’ Association’s consultancy and training service.

Restauranteur John Vincent of Horsted Keynes was awarded an MBE for services to school food.

Two East Grinstead residents were honoured with MBEs - Lloyd Richards, for services to the community, and prison volunteer at Lewes Prison for services to prisoners and their families.

And Claire Judge, a volunteer at Ashurst Wood Community Pre-School, has received a British Empire Medal for services to early years education.

Other Sussex residents who have been honoured include:

KNIGHTS BACHELOR

Thomas Baird Jeffery, CB. Director general, Department for Education, Children’s Services and Departmental Strategy Directorate. For services to the Department for Education. (Lewes, East Sussex)

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

CBE

Jonathan Church. Artistic director Chichester Festival Theatre. For services to the Theatre. (Chichester, West Sussex)

Professor Julian Moray Crampton, DL. Vice Chancellor, University of Brighton. For services to Higher Education. (East Sussex)

Alan Finch. Executive director Chichester Festival Theatre. For services to the Theatre. (Chichester, West Sussex)

Ms Melanie Jane Leech. Director general Food and Drink Federation. For services to the Food and Drink Industry. (Horsham, West Sussex)

OBE

David Patrick Henry Burgess, MBE, DL. For services to Young People and the Community in West Sussex. (Chichester, West Sussex)

Roderick Barrymore Brooke Jones. For services to the community in Bognor Regis West Sussex. (Bognor Regis, West Sussex)

Desmond Paul Lambert. Principal Plumpton College. For services to Land Based Education and Young People. (Lewes, East Sussex)

Mrs Shelagh Jane Legrave. Principal and chief executive, Chichester College. For services to Further Education. (Midhurst, West Sussex)

Dr Hong Lu. For services to the Chinese community in the UK and Community Relations between the UK and China. (Hove, East Sussex)

MBE

Leslie Henry Alden. For services to the community in Southwark London. (Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex)

Mrs Lorraine Brockhurst. Work Experience Co-ordinator, Worthing, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Young People in the Workplace. (Worthing, West Sussex)

Anthony John French, TD. For services to the community in Chichester West Sussex. (Chichester, West Sussex)

Mrs Jean Stella Goad. District and Parish Councillor, Arun District, West Sussex. For services to Local Government. (Barnham, West Sussex)

Robert James Goddard. Foster Carer Brighton and Hove. For services to Children and Families. (Peacehaven, East Sussex)

Trevor Green. For services to Humanitarian Aid through Operation Florian and to charity in East Sussex. (Mayfield, East Sussex)

Mrs Jillian Winifred Parker. Founder, Eastbourne Area Parents’ Action Group and the JPK Sussex Project, Eastbourne. For services to Children and Adults with a Learning Disability and their Families. (Eastbourne, East Sussex)

Iain Shepherd. Marine Systems director MARCOM Defence. For services to the Marine Sector and the Economy in Chichester, West Sussex. (Aldwick, West Sussex)

James George Thomas Smith. For services to the community in Crawley West Sussex. (Crawley, West Sussex)

Peter Webb. Founder and managing director Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd. For services to Business and the community in Worthing, West Sussex. (Worthing, West Sussex)

Mrs Patricia Anne Weller. For voluntary and charitable services in Brighton and Hove. (East Sussex)

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL

Graham Robert Carpenter. Chief executive Dandelion Time. For services to Young People and Families in Kent. (Crowborough, East Sussex)

Mrs Joan Downing. Councillor, Westfield Parish Council, East Sussex. For services to Rural Inclusion. (Hastings, East Sussex)

Mrs Myrna Rae Festing. For services to the community in Rye, East Sussex.

Mrs Lorraine Margaret Grocott. Clerk, Milland Parish Council. For services to the community in Milland, West Sussex. (Milland, West Sussex)

Peter Stanley Albert Hayman. For services to the community in Northiam East Sussex. (Rye, East Sussex)

Miss Mary Norah Howse. For services to the community in Beckley and Rye East Sussex. (Rye, East Sussex)

Mrs Josephine Jane Jordan Hutchinson. For services to the Arts in Worthing. (Worthing, West Sussex)

Vernon Lewis Jennings. For services to the Barns Green Half Marathon and to the community in Barns Green West Sussex.

Peter Norman Knowles. For services to the community in West Chiltington West Sussex. (Pulborough, West Sussex)

Mrs Mary Joan Taylor. For services to the community in Burwash, East Sussex. (Etchingham, East Sussex)

Mrs Susan Ward. Chair, West Durrington Phoenix Youth Group. For services to Children and the community in West Durrington. (Worthing, West Sussex)

Miss Rowenna Jane Woodward. For services to Young People in Surrey and West Sussex through the Guide and Scout Movements. (Copthorne, West Sussex)

QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL (QFSM)

Gary Charles Walsh. Deputy chief Fire Officer East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

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