Special event put on for outstanding Mid Sussex residents

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Mid Sussex District Council Chairman cllr Peter Reed welcomed residents who featured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, to a special coffee morning on Thursday (July 30).

Eleven Mid Sussex residents were recognised in the list for their outstanding contribution to society.

The Chairman invited them to join him and vice chairman cllr Bruce Forbes for morning coffee, so that he could show his appreciation for everything they have done for the community.

The Mid Sussex residents who joined the chairman were:

Mrs Valerie Maynard, who works as a Prison Volunteer at HMP Lewes and was awarded an MBE for services to prisoners and their families.

Mrs Lorraine Mercer who was awarded an MBE for services to the community and to charity in Haywards Heath.

Mr Lloyd Richards who was awarded an MBE for services to the community in East Grinstead.

Mrs Claire Judge who became a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for her role as a volunteer and on the Development Committee at Ashurst Wood Community Pre-School.

Miss Rowenna Woodward who became a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to young people in Surrey and West Sussex through the Guide and Scout movements.

Mr William Kent and Mrs Janice Kent who received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for his work with the Hassocks based charity ReMember, The Chronic Fatigue Society.

Cllr Reed said: “It was a pleasure to meet these unsung heroes who work tirelessly to make Mid Sussex a better place for us all.

“So much of their work goes on behind the scenes, largely unnoticed by the majority of the community, but it makes such a huge difference to the lives of the people they help.

“They deserve all the credit in the world and I’m delighted that they have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List. I’m grateful too that I had the chance to welcome them to the Council and thank them personally for everything they are doing to make Mid Sussex such a special place.”

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