Chairman recognises outstanding contributions

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman Cllr Gordon Marples (centre) welcomes his Honoured guests. SUS-140412-124846001
Mid Sussex District Council Chairman Cllr Gordon Marples (centre) welcomes his Honoured guests. SUS-140412-124846001

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman, Councillor Gordon Marples welcomed some exceptional local residents to a special coffee morning on Friday 7 November.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year, four Mid Sussex residents were recognised for their outstanding contribution to society.

The Chairman invited them to join him and Vice Chairman Councillor Peter Reed for morning coffee, so that he could show his appreciation for everything they have done for the community.

The Chairman also welcomed the Right Honourable Sir Nicholas Soames, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, who received a knighthood from the Queen in the Birthday Honours List this year for his service to Politics.

The Mid Sussex residents recognised in the Birthday Honours list were:

Mr Michael Hurn, Director of Project Sponsorship for High Speed Rail at the Department for Transport was awarded a CBE for services to the Rail Industry.

Mr Mark Mallalieu, Head of the Department for International Development in Afghanistan was awarded a CBE for services to International Development.

Mr Tony Wilson, Project Director for the World Conservation & Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum was awarded an MBE for services to Museums.

Mrs Dorothy Lazenby became a Medalist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for the voluntary service she provides to blind and partially sighted people in Mid Sussex.

From outside the District, the Chairman was joined by Mrs Elizabeth Peel of Hartfield, East Sussex, who became a Medalist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to communities in East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.

Mr Roy Watts of Coulsdon in Surrey, who received an MBE for services to Heritage Railways, was also invited in recognition of the sterling work he has done to support the Bluebell Railway.

“It was an honour to welcome these recipients to the council,” said Councillor Gordon Marples, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.

“It has become a pleasant tradition for those honoured by Her Majesty to come to the Council, so that their contributions are acknowledged and to join in their celebrations

“Listening to their stories and careers I was struck by the contributions they have made to improve the lives of people, both locally and further afield. It was good to bring this remarkable group of people together and formally acknowledge their achievements.

Report and picture contributed by Mid Sussex District Council.